Breaking Down Longhorns' 2015 Schedule

While there is still plenty at stake for the Longhorns in 2014 it’s never too early to take a look at what awaits Texas next season, right?

The Big 12 Conference released its 2015 league schedule on Wednesday bringing into focus UT’s complete 2015 football schedule. And it begins with a doozy.

Texas will kickoff the season at Notre Dame on Sept. 5 as part of a home-and-home series (Longhorns host Notre Dame on Sept. 3, 2016). It’s the first meeting between the two storied programs since 1996.

Charlie Strong’s program won’t leave the state of Texas until an Oct. 31 game at Iowa State as UT hosts Rice (Sept. 12), California (Sept. 19), and Oklahoma State (Sept. 26), travels to TCU (Oct. 3), has its annual grudge-match vs. OU on Oct. 10, and then hosts Kansas State on Oct. 24.

The Longhorns first bye week will come in between their matchup with the Sooners and the Wildcats.

After Texas travels to Ames to face the Cyclones it will return to Austin to host Kansas (Nov. 7) and then travel to West Virginia on Nov. 14.

UT’s second bye will come the following week before it hosts Texas Tech on Thanksgiving.

The Longhorns will end the regular season with their first trip to McClane Stadium to take on Baylor on Dec. 5.


My Take

Charlie Strong has to be pretty happy with how this schedule worked out.

He’ll learn a lot about his program with that trip to South Bend before settling in with three straight winnable home games.

The toughest stretch of the season will once again center around the Red River Showdown as it will be no easy task going to TCU, then to Dallas to take on the Sooners, and then hosting an always-dangerous Bill Snyder-led Wildcats team.

Fortunately for Texas, it’ll have a chance to catch its breath before that game against KSU when it enjoys its first or two bye weeks.

Texas has three more winnable games after that with a home game against KU sandwiched in between road games to ISU and WVU.

Sam Richardson will be back for his senior season for the Cyclones, which will pose problems. But I don’t expect that game to be a shootout like it was in Austin this season.

The Mountaineers will lose both Clint Trickett and all-everything WR Kevin White, but should find two capable replacements by that time.

Texas’ second bye kicks in after the WVU game as the Longhorns will have a chance to gather themselves before facing Tech at home on Thanksgiving and then taking on Baylor in Waco nine days later.

All in all, I think this schedule sets up much better for Texas than it did in 2014 when UT only once had back-to-back games at home, which came at the very beginning of the season against North Texas and BYU.

The Longhorns also don’t have any back-to-back true road games on the docket unlike they had this season with Kansas State and Texas Tech.


Sept. 5: at Notre Dame

Sept. 12: RICE


Sept. 26: Oklahoma STATE*

Oct. 3: at TCU*

Oct. 10: vs. Oklahoma* (Dallas)

Oct. 24: K-STATE*

Oct. 31: at Iowa State*

Nov. 7: KANSAS*

Nov. 14: at West Virginia*

Nov. 26: TEXAS TECH*

Dec. 5: at Baylor*

*Big 12 Conference game



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