(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The wait is almost over as the upcoming season of college football is roughly three weeks away. As we near closer to the beginning of the new season, preseason predictions are starting to emerge.Usually, the first few weeks of the season are filled with non-conference games. This allows for teams in tough conferences to either fill their schedule with favorable matchups or stiff tests to prepare them for the heart of the season.College football expert Phil Steele went through the toughest schedules in the country. His vote for the program with the hardest schedule resides in the SEC.Steele believes South Carolina faces the most difficult schedule in college football. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Not only do the Gamecocks have to prepare for SEC opponents like Alabama and Georgia, they also have to play against non-conference programs like Clemson and North Carolina.From ESPN:South Carolina returns 14 starters and comes in at No. 30 on my experience chart, but it will face my toughest-rated schedule for 2019. The Gamecocks also face a schedule that had a combined win percentage of 67.9 in 2018, the highest percentage of any FBS schedule. South Carolina will face three teams that finished in the top seven of the AP Poll last season: Alabama, Georgia and Clemson. In addition to those juggernauts, Will Muschamp’s team faces Florida, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Appalachian State.The full list of teams with brutal schedules can be read with an ESPN+ subscription.After going 7-6 last season under Will Muschamp, South Carolina might have a difficult time exceeding that record.