That's an ambitious schedule for a mid-major. Better yet, each one of those is winnable.
Butler returns all five starters from last season and has bona-fide stars in Gordon Hayward and Matt Howard. The Bulldogs are a disciplined bunch, and unlike some of their power-conference opponents, they already have a set rotation. Coach Brad Stevens knows who his top eight guys will be; that won't be the case for UCLA, Minnesota and Georgetown that early in the season.
Plus, the Bulldogs' patient attack will cause some defensive problems that early in the season because of the mixing and matching that will be going on for their opponents.
Butler lost three times in the Horizon League last season; look for that number to drop to perhaps one this season.
This is a team that easily could win 28 games. And a 28-win team with that schedule is going to finish in the top 10.