ESPN says Florida has SEC’s toughest schedule in 2024 (2024)

Playing in the SEC is no joke and things are about to get a lot tougher in 2024.

Oklahoma and Texas are set to arrive, making a gauntlet of conference schedule that much more difficult for everyone involved. The Longhorns and Sooners will have a tougher time adjusting than the rest, but Florida might have the most daunting schedule in the inaugural year of the 16-team SEC.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly, the creator of SP+, used his strength of schedule ratings to estimate the win percentage the average top-five team would expect against a given team’s schedule.

Florida’s projected .743 SOS in 2024 might seem decent, but it translates to 8.92 wins from a top-five program, which means missing the playoffs in its current format. In 2023, the Gators faced a schedule ranked the second-toughest in the league at .803.

“After a reasonably light early slate, Florida finished its 2023 regular season with four opponents ranked 12th or better in SP+ in a five-game span,” Connelly wrote. “They lost five straight… Next year, they play Miami (currently 22nd) and Texas A&M (15th) in September and Tennessee (19th) in October… and then finish with five games against teams currently 14th or better.

“What was just about the hardest schedule in the country is getting harder.”

Of course, the College Football Playoff plans to expand to a 12-team bracket next year. A three-loss team could get in if the strength of schedule is valued highly by the committee. Florida seems to be years away from being called a top-5 program, though. The Gators are favored to win just three games in 2024.

Hopefully, facing the toughest schedule in the country will help accelerate some of the young guys’ development. Here’s a look at the entire list and each team’s ratings.



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ESPN says Florida has SEC’s toughest schedule in 2024 (2024)


Who has the toughest SEC schedule in 2024? ›

Florida Gators

Florida arguably has the toughest schedule in the entire country next season. The Gators face two in-state rivals in Miami and Florida State in non-conference and have a brutal league schedule.

What college football team has the hardest schedule? ›

Ranking College Football's 10 Hardest Schedules, per ESPN's FPI
  • Texas Longhorns.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide.
  • Tennessee Volunteers.
  • Auburn Tigers.
  • Kentucky Wildcats.
  • Georgia Bulldogs.
  • Mississippi State Bulldogs.
  • Florida Gators.
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How will the SEC be divided in 2024? ›

In the new SEC, there will no longer be eastern and western divisions. All 16 teams will be lumped together. There will be an SEC Championship Game, which will match the two teams with the best conference records.

Who has the hardest Big Ten football schedule? ›

Notable is that Purdue has the toughest strength of schedule for any Big Ten team (No. 11 in the FBS), while Rutgers has it easiest (No. 78). Visit our friends at Fighting Irish Wire, Buffaloes Wire, and Ducks Wire. Follow our newest sites, UW Huskies Wire and UCLA Wire.

What is the hardest SEC school to get into? ›

1. Vanderbilt - As the conference's only private university, Vanderbilt has the lowest acceptance rate in the SEC and the highest average SAT score (2230) and average ACT score (33).

Who has the hardest schedule in SEC college football? ›

In 2022, Georgia's schedule was ranked No. 23 overall and 13th in the SEC, ahead of only Kentucky (29th) in the conference. Coming into 2021, Georgia's schedule was ranked No. 10 in the country and sixth in the SEC. Florida is ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Mississippi State at No. 2.

What is the strongest college football team? ›

Georgia Bulldogs

What is the least known college football team? ›

#1 San Jose State University

The least popular team in the country is the San Jose State Spartans. They are also the third team on this list from the Western Athletic Conference.

Who has the oldest team in college football? ›

By The Numbers: Comparing Rutgers & U-M, The Two Oldest Programs In The FBS. The Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights lay claim to being the two oldest football programs in FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) history, with the former first playing in 1879 and the latter even earlier in 1869. The Rutgers vs.

What will SEC look like in 2025? ›

The SEC will play its first season as a 16-team conference this fall with Oklahoma and Texas as members, and the 2025 schedule is similar to what fans will see this fall.

Why is Alabama not playing Ole Miss in 2024? ›

With the two new teams to the SEC (Oklahoma and Texas) and the conference dropping divisions in a new scheduling format, Ole Miss this season will not play notable SEC rivals for the first time in years; Alabama (1991), Auburn (1989) and Vanderbilt (1969).

What will the SEC look like with Texas and Oklahoma? ›

Starting next summer, the SEC will become a 16-member conference and have eight conference games on the football schedule. With the addition of Texas and Oklahoma, the SEC will also eliminate divisions. Conference realignment in 2024 doesn't stop there.

What college football team has the most Big Ten championships? ›

Michigan has won the most Big Ten Championships with 44 titles. Below is a list of titles for each Big Ten school: Michigan - 44. Ohio State - 39.

Who is 1 in Big 10 football? ›

2Ohio State397
3Penn State471
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What football team has the hardest schedule? ›

Check out where all 32 NFL teams were ranked from the most difficult to the easiest schedules in 2024.
  • Denver Broncos.
  • Houston Texans. ...
  • Tennessee Titans. ...
  • Minnesota Vikings. ...
  • Baltimore Ravens. ...
  • Cleveland Browns. ...
  • New England Patriots. ...
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (Toughest schedule) (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) ...
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What will SEC football look like in 2025? ›

The only change will be flipping the home and away competition over the two seasons. The 16 football teams in the SEC will play eight in-conference opponents and will also be required to play one additional game against a Power Five or major independent team of their choice.

Who has the best defense in the SEC this year? ›

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What is the longest rivalry in the SEC? ›

The first meeting between Auburn and Georgia dates back to 1892. That is when the founders of both the football programs, Charles Herty (Georgia) and George Petrie (Auburn) decided to initiate the contest between the two schools. Auburn won the debut game of the series with a 10-0 whitewash of the Bulldogs.

What SEC team makes the most money? ›

The highest-grossing football schools in the SEC
  • Arkansas: $84,562,640.
  • Texas A&M: $81,545,748. ...
  • Ole Miss: $73,774,406. ...
  • South Carolina: $63,834,042. ...
  • Mississippi State: $40,683,223. ...
  • Kentucky: $37,680,136. ...
  • Missouri: $35,849,783. ...
  • Vanderbilt: $33,582,944. ...
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