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Ranking Soft Big 12 Non-Conference Schedules

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TCU will continue its rivalry with SMU in addition to facing LSU at a neutral site to open the season. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images.
TCU will continue its rivalry with SMU in addition to facing LSU at a neutral site to open the season. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images.

The opener against LSU won’t decide anything in the Big 12 race, but the Horned Frogs can make believers out of skeptics before what could be a rather friendly neutral-site crowd at Cowboys Stadium. Southeastern Louisiana is an FCS gimme at home a week later, which helps with the conference opener five days later at Texas Tech. Then comes the Metroplex rivalry at home against SMU and an offense redesigned by new coordinator Hal Mumme.