Texas’ 2018 schedule is generally considered the toughest in the Big 12 and one of the harder slates nationally. This is mostly because the rest of the Big 12 isn’t opting for taking on a blueblood like USC in their non-conference slate this year (except TCU, taking on Ohio State) but it’s still fairly remarkable given that, unlike the rest of the Big 12, Texas never has to play Texas. Not literally, at least.
This is your primary reason (other than the inability of stats to project whether a freshman QB will make a huge leap as a sophomore or not) that Bill Connelly’s advanced stats-rich preview of Texas only projects them to finish with 7.3 wins and be the favorite in just nine games.
For my own preview I’m going to break down the matchups between Texas and the 2018 slate, starting with the three non-conference opponents.