As Harvey Sees It: Let's Rank the Schedule

Big Red Report goes through the schedule and ranks the level of difficulty 1-12 in this gallery.

We rank them...with "1" being the easiest and "12" being the toughest

12.) UT Chattanooga - Nothing more than a warm-up game. The Mocs finished 6-5 last year.

11.) Wyoming - The MWC opponent isn't projected to make a bowl this season.

10.) Fresno State - They aren't a cupcake and someone Nebraska shouldn't look over. It's a true non-conference game to see if your team is ready, without much risk of a loss.

9.) Minnesota - New head coach Jerry Kill will have the Gophers playing hard nose football, but won't have the weapons to make too much noise in 2011.

8.) Northwestern - If Dan Persa is healthy, the Wildcats showed they can give teams trouble. But Fitzgerald doesn't have the talent to get a win in Lincoln yet.

7.) Washington - Think this is the first game circled on the Nebraska schedule? Expect a little more interest on the Huskers part compared to the bowl game last year. Expect Nebraska to make a statement.

6.) Michigan - A trip to the Big House will be fun. Many media outlets, including College Football News ( has the Huskers losing. But Nebraska will be playing for a little more than Brady Hoke's crew that late in the season.

5.) Michigan State - If this game was on the road, it would be a bigger concern. If it was earlier in the season, it would be a bigger concern. But the Nebraska secondary should be grown up by the time quarterback Kirk Cousins comes to town.

4.) Penn State - A trip to Death Valley in Joe Pa's last possible season. Is there anything better than that? Expect the Nittany Lions to be ready to welcome Nebraska to the Big Ten. But it will be just another bowl appearance and nothing more for Penn State this season.

3.) Iowa - A rivalry game on Black Friday, this should be a good one. Kirk Ferentz and crew didn't have the season they expected last year, but Ferentz has a knack for rebounding.

2.) Ohio State - Should the Buckeyes coming to town be No.1 on our list? Quite possibly, but the tattoo gang should be a little rusty in their first game back.

1.) Wisconsin - Welcome to the Big Ten. In Nebraska's first game inside the conference, they head to one of the hardest atmospheres in college football. This would be a tough game no matter what, but Wisconsin is expected to win 10 games again.

The views and opinions of Big Red Report Publisher Josh Harvey are not necessarily the views and opinions of and Fox Sports.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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