Teams with toughest 2013 schedules 

January, 22, 2013

Butch JonesAP Photo/Wade PayneTennessee will face a grueling schedule in Butch Jones' first season as head coach.
It's late January. That's not too early to start thinking about college football schedules, is it? Yeah, we didn't think so. Admit it, you've already gone looking for the slate of your favorite team. So we'll just splash in a little context, laying out some of the country's most challenging 2013 slates.

Will anyone's schedule be prohibitive for success next season? It's certainly possible. Let's look back. We presumed Georgia would get something akin to a free pass to the SEC title game in 2012, which turned out to be accurate in part because the one team that beat the Bulldogs in the regular season, South Carolina, couldn't overcome a three-game stretch of Georgia, at LSU and at Florida.