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The Horns won’t face a non-conference schedule as grueling as last season.

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As head coach David Pierce prepares to enter his fourth season with the Texas Longhorns, the school announced the 2020 schedule on Wednesday, which features a break from the extremely difficult non-conference slate the Horns faced last season.

By the time Texas traveled to TCU last season to play the Horned Frogs in the second conference series, the season was starting to unravel after hosting LSU at home, playing Stanford in Palo Alto, and then facing off against Arkansas in Austin for two mid-week games.

This season, Pierce’s team won’t have a non-conference road series of that difficulty and won’t play five games against two SEC powers during that portion of the schedule.

However, that doesn’t mean that Texas will lack compelling matchups prior to Big 12 play — Cal State Fullerton comes to Austin in early May and the Horns will also travel to Houston to face the Owls to open the season. Two weeks after facing Rice, Texas returns to Houston for the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic for games against LSU, Arkansas, and Missouri.

Texas will also play games at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco against UT-Arlington. Along with road trips to College Station, Lubbock, and San Marcos, Longhorns fans will have a chance to see Texas in action across the state.

Among the 32 home games for Texas are matchups against Boise State and New Mexico before Big 12 Conference play begins with home series against Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas, and TCU.