Chip Kelly has his work cut out for him in his first year in Westwood. The UCLA Bruins have the hardest schedule in the country, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
UCLA opens its season with a home game against the Cincinnati Bearcats but then has to travel to Oklahoma the following week to take on the Sooners. The final non-conference game will see the Bruins host Fresno State.
The Bruins have a tough conference schedule that includes games against Washington, Stanford, Oregon and USC. Those four teams are widely considered to be the best four teams in the Pac-12 coming into the 2018 season.
UCLA will host Washington, Stanford and USC at the Rose Bowl, which should help them out a bit. The program’s toughest conference road game will take place in Oregon on Nov. 3 and of course the crowd in Eugene will be in full throat as Kelly comes back to Oregon for the first time. Interestingly enough, Oregon has the weakest strength of schedule among Power 5 teams according to the Football Power Index.
ESPN’s FPI projects UCLA to go 5-7 and the program has a .5 percent chance of capturing the conference title and no chance to go undefeated.
For the full strength of schedule list, head to ESPN.