The 2013 Texas Longhorns football schedule was released today. Here is who the ‘Horns will be taking on and when:

Home games in bold.

Aug. 31: New Mexico State
Sept. 7: at BYU
Sept. 14: Ole Miss
Sept. 21: Kansas State*

Oct. 3 or 5: at Iowa State*
Oct. 12: vs. Oklahoma* (Dallas)
Oct. 26: at TCU*
Nov. 2: Kansas*
Nov. 9: at West Virginia*
Nov. 16: Oklahoma State*
Nov. 28: Texas Tech*

Dec. 7: at Baylor

*Big 12 Conference game

Texas is stepping it up in terms of non-conference opponent difficulty by traveling to BYU and hosting Ole Miss for the second part of the home-and-home series agreement between the two schools.

On the conference side of things, the ‘Horns will open Big 12 play against Kansas State in Austin. There won’t be a game at DKR during the month of October, but with the Red River Rivalry (*cough* Shootout *cough*) in Dallas and the game at TCU in Fort Worth, Longhorn nation won’t have to travel too far to support their team.

After getting Kansas at home, Texas will make the long trip out to Morgantown, WV to face West Virginia. Mack and the boys will then bring it back to Austin to play Oklahoma State prior to a Thanksgiving Day date with Texas Tech. The ‘Horns will then make the short trek up I-35 to Waco where they will close the regular season against Baylor.

This is as friendly of a schedule as a team can hope for in the Big 12.

New Mexico State is as helpless as their cross state rival New Mexico, so the Longhorns will be able to shake off the offseason rust in that game. Traveling to BYU could be early trouble as the Cougars are one of those teams that is always capable of snagging an upset win. Ole Miss will be a year better next season, but so will Texas and the Rebels shouldn’t be a problem, especially at home.

K-State is always a threat, even in Austin, as the Longhorns have struggled historically against the Wildcats. Iowa State looks to be an improved team next year, but still well under the level of Texas. The Oklahoma game is the Oklahoma game: anything can happen. With the added experience of this season, TCU’s QB Trevone Boykin will be much improved, as will the Horned Frog defense, so Fort Worth will be a test. Kansas at home is a win. The long road trip to face WVU will be interesting, but I expect the Mountaineers to still be in the process of adjusting to life in the Big 12 and Texas will pick up that win as well. The ‘Pokes at home will be a great game as Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh will be more mature as will the OSU defense. Texas Tech on Thanksgiving will be a fun battle as Texas continues to try and replicate the tradition of the annual game against A&M. Baylor will be an easier win in 2013 than it was this season.

At a glance I’d say Texas fans can expect the Longhorns to go anywhere from 12-0 to 8-4 depending on how the team gels and how much or little the rest of the conference fluctuates during the offseason and next year.

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