Texas Tech Has Longest Non-Conference, Power-Five Scheduling Drought in the Country

By DJ Byrnes on June 10, 2014 at 10:53a

Some schools don't like leaving their home state. Others are scared of having their season derailed by a crippling early-season L.

Yet, FBS Schedules put together a list of the longest non-conference droughts against Power Five members, and the number one team might shock you.

The last time the Red Raiders played a power-five team outside of conference play, George W. Bush was in the first term of his presidency and Steve Spurrier was the head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Texas A&M, Baylor and Utah also appear on the list.

Although, as the article notes, Texas Tech does have a home-and-home scheduled with Bert's Razorbacks in 2014 and 2015, so they're about to be off the hook for some shambolic scheduling. 

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BierStube's picture

This guy is happy that Tech has scheduled Bert and Co.


"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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dubjayfootball90's picture

oh jeez, him again

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Hovenaut's picture

Let's not see any of that when OSU goes up on Navy come August 30th.

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Kurt's picture

I spy an SEC team in the teams listed.

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AndyVance's picture

Wow, this graph is pretty damning:

The Aggies haven’t scheduled a power-five opponent in the regular season since their final year in the Big 12.  What’s even more shocking is that Texas A&M hasn’t won a scheduled non-league game against a power-five team in 10 years. The Aggies are 0-6 since in such games since 2005, losing once to Clemson, twice to Miami (Fla.) and three times to Arkansas.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

SEC football: Few schools play a representative schedule

Time to analyze the SEC’s non-conference schedule. Although there’s not much to analyze. Pitiful run of opponents. Georgia, as usual, more than carries its weight. Nobody else really does.

The SEC, despite its well-deserved reputation as the nation’s best conference, does not schedule worthy of such status. Every school in the SEC is playing a lower-division opponent. Worse yet, SEC schedules are littered with low-majors: South Alabama, Idaho, New Mexico State, Alabama-Birmingham, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, UMass, Old Dominion.

The bottom three:

Texas A&M: Lamar, Rice, at SMU, Louisiana-Monroe

Mississippi State: Southern Mississippi, Alabama-Birmingham, at South Alabama, Tennessee-Martin

Vanderbilt (*cough* James Franklin *cough*): Temple, Massachusetts, Charleston Southern, Old Dominion


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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Although, as the article notes, Texas Tech does have a home-and-home scheduled with Bert's Razorbacks in 2014 and 2015

So their schedule is about to get even easier?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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Klytus21's picture

Can't up-vote yet, but I would if I could.  Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!


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Hovenaut's picture

Got it.

Well played, BC.

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Knarcisi's picture

Derogatory Bert references will get you there soon. 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Kingsbury is way too gorgeous to give a shit about criticism.