Saturday, October 15, 2011

Texas' busy non conference schedule

Yesterday Texas AD Deloss Dodds said the Horns non-conference schedule was full until 2018. As a courtesy to my reader, here's what the Horns have on the slate for the coming years:

2012 - Wyoming, New Mexico (backup plan to join the Mountain West?), at Mississippi.
2013 - New Mexico State, at BYU, Mississippi
2014 - North Texas, BYU, at Arkansas
2015 - at Notre Dame, Rice, Cal
2016 - Notre Dame, UTEP, at Cal
2017 - Maryland, UCF, at USC
2018 - Maryland, open, USC

Honestly, I was surprised at this slate of future contest. UT has been scheduling patsies of the SunBelt and Conf USA for several years. It look like they stepped it up a bit.

What will be interesting will be if the Big 12 loses Missouri and doesn't replace. Or if they expand to 12, and go back to divisional play. Either scenario would free up a slot on the schedule. UT seems to now be following the OU philosophy of a premier national exposure non-conference matchup, a cupcake, and a middle of the road independent or automatic qualifier. Not a lot of teams from AQ conferences sign up for two non-conference games of that magnitude.

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