Tough enough? Clemson's non-league schedule more than suffiicient in 2014

Top 10 non-league schedules include 4 from ACC, 2 from Big 12 & Big Ten, 1 each from Pac-12 & SEC

Clemson's Kevin Dodd pressures Georgia's Aaron Murray during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

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Clemson's Kevin Dodd pressures Georgia's Aaron Murray during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

If playing a tough non-conference schedule ends up being a key part of the new College Football Playoff formula, then Clemson's Tigers are well-positioned as they go into the 2014 season.

According to Fox Sports's Bruce Feldman, Georgia, South Carolina and South Carolina State will give Clemson plenty of scheduling credibility, even with Georgia State - winless a year ago - also on the slate.

Feldman ranks Clemson's non-conference schedule as the nation's seventh most difficult, tied with Ohio State and Northwestern.

The Tigers' non-league schedule is rated as the third most difficult among ACC teams, behind Florida State and North Carolina.

West Virginia tops the list, with non-Big 12 games against Alabama, Maryland and Towson.

Texas comes in at No. 2 (North Texas, BYU and UCLA), with Southern California fourth (Fresno State, Boston College, Notre Dame).

FSU's non-conference schedule is ranked fourth, with games against Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Florida and The Citadel).

Tennessee (Oklahoma, Utah State, Arkansas State, UT-Chattanooga) and North Carolina (San Diego State, Liberty, East Carolina, Notre Dame) are tied for fifth.

Ohio State plays non-league games against Navy, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Kent State, while Northwestern faces California, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame and Western Illinois.

Virginia Tech non-conference slate is ranked as the nation's 10th most difficult, with games against William & Mary, Ohio State, East Carolina and Western Michigan.

The top 10 includes four teams from the ACC, two from the Big 12, two from the Big Ten, and one each from the Pac-12 and the SEC.

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