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Big 12 Conference announces the 2019 Texas football schedule

The Horns will open conference play next season by hosting the Cowboys.

NCAA Football: Baylor at Texas John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 football schedule for the Texas Longhorns is now set after the Big 12 Conference on Thursday revealed the match ups for league play next season, completing the Longhorns schedule.

The three non-conference games were already set — the opener against Louisiana Tech on August 31 before another marquee home game against LSU on September 7, which starts a home-and-home series that will feature a trip to Baton Rouge in 2020, and then a game against Rice on September 14 at NRG Stadium.

Big 12 play begins for Texas on September 21 when Oklahoma State comes to Austin. The Longhorns will also host Kansas on October 19, Kansas State on November 9, and close the season at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium against Texas Tech on November 29.

In addition to playing the Red River Showdown on October 12 in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma, Texas will travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia on October 5, Fort Worth to face TCU on October 26, and then face consecutive road games In Ames and Waco on November 16 and November 23 when Texas plays Iowa State and then Baylor.

In an unusual occurrence, the Longhorns have two bye weeks next season — between the Oklahoma State and West Virginia games and between the TCU and Kansas State games. So those well-timed weeks off should be tremendously helpful in keeping Texas healthy next season.

There also aren’t any especially daunting stretches on the schedule, though any cluster of games at the start of Big 12 play are typically heightened in importance by the presence of the annual rivalry match in the Cotton Bowl.