After debate over the Texas Longhorns’ non-conference schedule – from both the “system” and the university’s own alumni – in recent years, going in to the weekend the Texas athletic department announced the addition of two non-conference series for their upcoming football schedules, as they added both California and Minnesota to the slate.
While it might seem a long way off (planning does happen this far out), the new non-conference series will begin in the 2015 season, and continue in to 2016:
In the 2015 season, the Longhorns will welcome the California Golden Bears to Austin on September 12, and then travel to Minneapolis for a game with the Golden Gophers on September 19.
The following season, in 2016, the Longhorns will play Cal in Berkeley on September 10, and then return home to play Minnesota on September 17.
The addition of legitimate non-conference games is good for the Longhorns, in Eyes Of TX’s opinion. While the potential for defeat is much higher playing a contender from both the Pac-10 and Big 10 conferences, Texas also stands to gain more credibility with the college football voters when it comes to strength of schedule and its BCS rank. In other words, games like Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafeyette, and North Texas will no longer have the sting on the end-of-season computer rankings that have affected the ‘Horns in years past.
Although 2015 is a few years away and coaching changes can happen, the Longhorn faithful might recognize the Golden Gophers current head coach as Tim Brewster. He was on the Longhorns staff and one of the best recruiters for Mack Brown until he took the Minnesota job, and his son is current Longhorn back-up safety Nolan Brewster, whom good ‘ol dad couldn’t even convince to come to Minneapolis. No surprise, then, that the ‘Horns will hook up with some old friends down the road.
Check out Mack Brown-Texas Football for a more in-depth look at the Longhorns future football schedules.