Want to have a great non-conference schedule this football season?
Try scheduling Notre Dame.
Related: Notre Dame’s 2021 football schedule
It’s hardly a surprise but Barry Tramel of the Oklahoman graded every Power Five football program’s out-of-conference schedule for 2021 and Notre Dame opponents loaded up the first quarter of the list.
Notre Dame is scheduled to play nine of the 64 Power Five conference schools this year and Tramel ranked all nine of those teams among the 15 toughest non-conference schedules.
Beyond that, four of the five most difficult non-conference schedules had Notre Dame on them while seven of the top-10 while nobody ranked lower than 15 of 64.
Here is how Notre Dame’s 2021 opponents rank for their non-conference opponents according to Tramel:
1 – Stanford2 – Georgia Tech4 – Virginia5 – Florida State8 – Virginia Tech9 – USC10 – Purdue12 – Wisconsin15 – North Carolina
Related – Notre Dame’s future football schedules and opponents