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ESPN Insider ranks ASU’s schedule amongst toughest

While Arizona State is predicted by some to win the Pac-12 South, it doesn’t mean that the road to glory won’t be a rough one.

An ESPN Insider piece released a list of the college football teams with the toughest schedules in 2013, and the Sun Devils earned honorable mention for the Pac-12 Conference.

Even though we’re high on the Devils this fall, a four-week run of Wisconsin, at Stanford, USC and Notre Dame in Dallas is something straight out of Hades.

At least they’ll learn about themselves, easing into that run of games with an open date in Week 1 and Sacramento State the second week. If they survive that stretch, going even 3-1 or 2-2, the rest of the conference slate isn’t so bad. There are only three true road dates, at Utah and UCLA in addition to the Farm.

The toughest schedule belongs to the California Golden Bears, as they start their season with new head coach Sonny Dykes against Northwestern and Ohio State, and follow that with road trips to Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.