Rivals.com's Top 25 schedules: Nos. 11-15

11. Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Schedule
Date Opponent
Sept. 1 E. Kentucky
Sept. 8 Kent State
Sept. 15 Louisville
Sept. 22 at Arkansas
Sept. 29 Florida Atlantic
Oct. 4 at South Carolina
Oct. 13 LSU
Oct. 20 Florida
Oct. 27 Miss. State
Nov. 10 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 17 at Georgia
Nov. 24 Tennessee
Combined record of Division I-A opponents: 90-51 (.638)
Bowl teams: Seven
Home games: Eight
Division I-AA opponents: One
AP Top 25 teams: Six (four at home)
Why they're No. 11: Kentucky faces only three Division I-A teams that had losing seasons last year. UK has its annual non-conference showdown with Orange Bowl champion Louisville to go along with its SEC slate. Kentucky doesn't rank higher because most of its toughest games are at home and the non-conference schedule - aside from the Louisville game - is rather underwhelming.
12. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska schedule
Date
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
Nov. 10
Nov. 23
Opponent
Nevada
at Wake Forest
USC
Ball State
Iowa State
at Missouri
Oklahoma State
Texas A&M
at Texas
at Kansas
Kansas State
at Colorado
Combined record of Division I-A opponents: 88-65 (.575)
Bowl teams: Eight
Home games: Seven
Division I-AA opponents: None.
AP Top 25 teams: Three (two at home)
Why they're No. 12: Although Nebraska's Big 12 schedule doesn't include a date with Oklahoma, the Cornhuskers make up for it with an intriguing non-conference slate that doesn't include any Division I-AA programs. Instead, the schedule features three bowl teams in Nevada, Wake Forest and Southern California. Nebraska must make the trip to Wake Forest, but don't be surprised if Husker Nation finds a way to turn Groves Stadium into a red sea.
13. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Schedule
Date Opponent
Sept. 1 Georgia Tech
Sept. 8 at Penn State
Sept. 15 at Michigan
Sept. 22 Michigan State
Sept. 29 at Purdue
Oct. 6 at UCLA
Oct. 13 Boston College
Oct. 20 USC
Nov. 3 Navy
Nov. 10 Air Force
Nov. 17 Duke
Nov. 24 at Stanford
Combined record of Division I-A opponents: 83-71 (.539)
Bowl teams: Eight
Home games: Seven
Division I-AA opponents: None
AP Top 25 teams: Four (two at home)
Why they're No. 13: The start of Notre Dame's schedule couldn't be much tougher. The end couldn't be much easier. The Irish face eight bowl teams in their first nine games and go on the road for four of their first six contests. Then they finish up with three teams (Air Force, Duke and Stanford) that combined to win five games last year. If Air Force becomes a .500 team and Stanford shows marked improvement in its first season under Jim Harbaugh, this schedule could rank among the nation's five toughest by the end of the year. The schedule is set up horribly for a team as inexperienced as this year's Notre Dame squad. The Irish would benefit from playing poor teams at the start of the season as their first-year starters get the hang of big-time college football. They instead will get thrown into the fire by traveling to Penn State and Michigan the first three weeks of the season.
14. Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia Schedule
Date Opponent
Sept. 1 Oklahoma State
Sept. 8 South Carolina
Sept. 15 Western Carolina.
Sept. 22 at Alabama
Sept. 29 Ole Miss
Oct. 6 at Tennessee
Oct. 13 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27 vs. Florida
Nov. 3 Troy
Nov. 10 Auburn
Nov. 17 Kentucky
Nov. 24 at Georgia Tech
Combined record of Division I-A opponents: 87-56 (.608)
Bowl teams: Nine
Home games: Seven (not including Georgia at Jacksonville)
Division I-AA opponents: One
AP Top 25 teams: Three (one at home, one at neutral site)
Why they're No. 14: Georgia scheduled a pair of solid non-conference opponents in Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech. Although the Bulldogs get Auburn at home, they face most of their toughest opponents on the road. Georgia would have ranked higher if its list of SEC West opponents had included Louisiana State or Arkansas instead of Ole Miss. The Bulldogs also were one of many SEC teams to schedule a Division I-AA opponent.
15. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Schedule
Date Opponent
Sept. 1 Appalachian State
Sept. 8 Oregon
Sept. 15 Notre Dame
Sept. 22 Penn State
Sept. 29 at Northwestern
Oct. 6 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 13 Purdue
Oct. 20 at Illinois
Oct. 27 Minnesota
Nov. 3 at Michigan State
Nov. 10 at Wisconsin
Nov. 17 Ohio State
Combined record of Division I-A opponents: 75-65 (.536)
Bowl teams: Seven
Home games: Eight
Division I-AA opponents: One
AP Top 25 teams: Four (three at home)
Why they're No. 15: Michigan has a pair of interesting non-conference matchups with Oregon and Notre Dame. It's Big Ten schedule features the conference's three other heavyweights (Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State). The Wolverines don't rank higher because they have eight home games and a Division I-AA opponent on their schedule.

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