Texas Longhorns 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

The Longhorns don’t have an easy start to the Tom Herman era

As Texas has stumbled through the better part of a decade, the Longhorns haven’t made things any easier on themselves with their scheduling philosophy.

 

In addition to the annual Big 12 round robin, UT annually loads up in the non-conference slate. With dates against USC and Maryland, this season is no exception.

 

Tom Herman can take a little solace in the fact that his team gets two of its toughest games in Austin. Still, this isn’t the kind of slate to help the ‘Horns ease into a new era.

 

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Texas Longhorns 2017 Schedule

 

Bye: Week 4

 

Wk Opp. Date Location
1.

Sept. 2

Austin, TX

Texas starts off with what looks like a program on the rise in Maryland. The Terrapins won’t be a gimme, and a win here could give the ‘Horns a chance to build some confidence early.

2.

Sept. 9

Austin, TX

The Spartans from the Mountain West Conference are coming off a lackluster 4-8 season, but this constitutes a dangerous sandwich game for UT. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see SJSU play Bevo tough as UT works out some early kinks.

3.

Sept. 16

Los Angeles, CA

The last time these two squads played, Vince Young cemented his legend and ended the Trojans’ hopes of back-to-back national titles. This meeting won’t carry quite the same luster, but it will give the ‘Horns a solid way to measure their early progress under Herman against a supremely talented team.

5. Sept. 28 Ames, IA

A Thursday night game in Ames. Yeah, no chance this one gets weird.

6. Oct. 7 Austin, TX

This is a tough draw right before the Red River Showdown. The Wildcats look like a Big 12 sleeper this season, and their physical style of play could leave UT limping into the Cotton Bowl a week later.

7. Oct. 14 Dallas, TX
(Cotton Bowl)

Herman claims Bob Stoops once unfairly stuck him with a big dinner bill, or something to that effect, 10 years ago. Who knows if he still harbors a grudge after his Houston team downed Stoops’ Sooners in the 2016 season opener. Still, Herman’s past success against OU should have Texas partisans feeling optimistic about their chances this year versus their blood rivals.

8. Oct. 21 Austin, TX

Texas ends the toughest stretch of its season with a visit from the Cowboys. The Longhorns will need to guard against a letdown.

9. Oct. 28 Waco, TX

With all the upheaval in Waco, this game looks far less daunting than it has in years past. The Bears could face growing pains of their own in head coach Matt Rhule’s first year.

10. Nov. 4 Fort Worth, TX

The Horned Frogs hammered the final nail in Charlie Strong’s coffin last year with a 31-9 shellacking in the final game of the Longhorns’ season. Presumably, Gary Patterson is already hard at work looking for something that will irk him about Herman.

11. Nov. 11 Austin, TX

A revenge game - against Kansas. Don’t hear that one every day.

12. Nov. 18 Morgantown, WV

The WVU administration’s opinion of Dana Holgorsen generally seems hard to pin down. It’s not out of the question that the Mountaineers will be playing for his job when Texas visits Morgantown in November.

13. Nov. 24 Austin, TX

Black Friday brings the Red Raiders to town. Much like WVU’s Dana Holgorsen, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury could be feeling some heat by the time this matchup kicks off.

 

— 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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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 09:17

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