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Ranking Soft Big 12 Non-Conference Schedules

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Texas faces a solid group of non-conference teams, including Ole Miss and BYU. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.
Texas faces a solid group of non-conference teams, including Ole Miss and BYU. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

The Longhorns open with a just dreadful New Mexico State team, which lost its final 10 games last year and then had its coach leave for an assistant coaching job in the NFL. A trip to Provo, Utah, and a night game against BYU is no cinch. The Texas running game will get a good look at BYU’s star linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The rank here could be higher, but it would be hypocritical of the passive-aggressive, anti-Big 12 to get credit for simply scheduling a SEC team. The Ole Miss game is at home and while the Rebels reeled in a special recruiting class, it’s asking a lot to believe it’s going to work right off the bat.