Purdue's 2005 schedule is filled with impressive opponents. The Boilers get to take on (#4) Texas, (#16) Mississippi, (#18) Rice, (#20) Notre Dame and (#33) Florida Atlantic. In what may be the toughest opening schedule I've seen a Big Ten school face, Purdue begins the year with consecutive three game road sets versus F.A.U., Ole Miss and the Longhorns.
The Boilers will then play their tenth straight game against ranked opposition as they head to Houston to face the Rice Owls. Later in the season, Purdue will travel to take on Notre Dame. That's eleven non-conference games against teams ranked in Baseball America's top 40 pre-season poll. All eleven tilts are on the road.
No one will complain if about the Boilermakers' strength of schedule, unless to say it's just too difficult. I give Purdue credit for taking on some of the nation's best.