There isn't a HS team on the sked, so there certainly isn't any "easy wins".
And to reiterate what you aren't grasping: being in UMess' or Conn's shoes makes scheduling extremely difficult.
My first thought on seeing this schedule was that this was an excellent schedule for independent UMass given the circumstances.
Pitt BC Eastern Michigan Coastal Carolina Toledo UCONN Florida State Liberty URI Maine West Point New Mexico State
Nice mix of very tough games and pick ‘em games and winnable games with some local Northeast flavor tossed on. The 2 CAA games provide home games v local and beatable opponents — but they’ll be competitive.
To be fair they do also play Pitt, Florida State, Eastern Michigan, Liberty, Coastal Carolina, Toledo...
That has to be the worst FBS schedule ever. 3 Power Five teams . BC, Pitt and Florida state. Liberty and Coastal is alright. Known wonder why nobody likes Umass football.
Other than schools in P5 conferences who have lots of P5 games, do a lot of FBS schools have as many as three P5 opponents? Any 8 team conference would have 7 conference games and 4 OOC. More than half your OOC would have to be P5. Bigger conferences might not even have 4 OOC games. With an independent like UMass with everything OOC it's easier to get three P5, but I can't imagine too many conference affiliated FBS schools having three P5