Texas Longhorns 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

The Longhorns get another shot at Notre Dame and Cal and will host Baylor and TCU in Big 12 play

After playing for the national championship at the end of the 2009 season, the Texas football program has slogged through six years that have ranged from putrid to decent. Even if third-year head coach Charlie Strong has the Longhorns back on the path to respectability, it might be tough to tell this year.

 

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Texas’ schedule is rough. On top of the Big 12’s round-robin slate, the ‘Horns have two non-conference tilts with major programs.

 

If there’s a saving grace to UT’s lineup of opponents, most of the toughest foes come to Austin. That still might not be enough to post the kind of record Texas fans expect.

 

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Texas Longhorns 2016 Schedule

 

Bye: Week 4

 

Wk Opp. Date Location
1.

Sept. 4

7:30 PM ET

ABC

Austin, TX

Last time these two teams met, it didn’t go so hot for the ‘Horns. The Fighting Irish waxed UT in last season’s opening weekend by a score of 38-3 in South Bend, Ind. It wasn’t even that close. Moving this year’s contest to Sunday night in primetime adds an interesting twist to the matchup.

2.

Sept. 10

7:00 PM ET

LHN

Austin, TX

Short rest from the previous week shouldn’t keep Strong’s team from making quick work of the Miners. That is unless UT’s offensive overhaul takes a while to bear fruit.

3.

Sept. 17

10:30 PM ET

ESPN/ESPN2

Berkeley, CA

Texas had Cal on the ropes in a wild affair last season before a botched extra point left the Golden Bears ahead 45-44 when the final gun sounded. With star Cal quarterback Jared Goff off of the NFL, Texas definitely has a shot at revenge.

5. Oct. 1 Stillwater, OK

Texas starts Big 12 play on the road. Worse, the ‘Horns get a game opponent in Oklahoma State, a team thought to be near the top of the conference when all is said and done. After the way last year’s game went down, don’t be shocked if the bad breaks even out this time around in Texas’ favor.

6. Oct. 8 Dallas, TX

The Red River Showdown isn’t always the Big 12’s game of the year, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the crown jewel of the conference’s annual matchups. This season, UT has to contend with an angry group of Sooners still smarting from last season’s loss. Strong’s squads, however, haven’t backed down from Bob Stoops’ teams yet.

7. Oct. 15 Austin, TX

Teams tend to find plenty of revenge games on the schedule a year after going 5-7. The Cyclones blanked Texas, 24-0, last season, at which point UT’s season unofficially passed into disaster territory. Expect the ‘Horns to be extra motivated for this one.

8. Oct. 22 Manhattan, KS

Bill Snyder will face Texas with a tiny fraction of his opponent’s talent level on his sideline. That about evens up this matchup.

9. Oct. 29 Austin, TX

Kansas State and Baylor in back-to-back weeks? Talk about a contrast in styles. Strong and his staff will need to prepare their squad to play a completely different game on Oct. 29 against the Bears than the team played the week before.

10. Nov. 5 Lubbock, TX

A road trip to take on the Red Raiders falls in the middle of a rough four-game stretch for the Longhorns. They will have their hands full with dangerous quarterback Pat Mahomes while playing in front of traditionally one of the wildest crowds in the Big 12.

11. Nov. 12 Austin, TX

Much like Strong, Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen may be coaching to save his job this year. That could up the ante significantly for both sides here.

12. Nov. 19 Lawrence, KS

The Jayhawks will probably sound awfully inviting to the ‘Horns coming off that stretch of games.

13.

Nov. 25

3:30 PM ET

FOX/FS1

Austin, TX

It would appear as though the idea of playing on Thanksgiving every year lost some luster for the Texas brass. Instead, Texas will take on TCU a day later this season. Sometimes leftovers actually are better a day later.

 

— Written by Allen Kenney, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Kenney is founder and editor of BlatantHomerism.com and host of the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.

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