Big 12 announces 2021 football schedule

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Assuming the 2021 football schedule can be a full, 12-game slate, the Texas Longhorns will prepare for their Big 12 opponents with non-conference games against Louisiana, Arkansas and Rice (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN/IRVING, Texas — The Texas football team announced its full 2021 schedule Thursday, after the Big 12 released its lineup of conference games.

The Longhorns will tee it up against old Southwest Conference foes in two of its three non-conference games in 2021, beginning with a Sept. home game against Louisiana in Steve Sarkisian’s first game as UT’s head coach. Texas then will play at Arkansas Sept. 11 in the teams’ first matchup in Fayetteville since 2004 before returning home to close out its non-conference schedule by hosting the program’s 79th matchup against Rice.

The Longhorns, who finished the 2020 season with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-3 mark against Big 12 opponents, and capped off the campaign with a 55-23 win over Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl, will play its first Big 12 game of the season Sept. 25 when it hosts Texas Tech.

The Horns then leave Austin for a pair of games, Oct. 2 at TCU and in Dallas against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. The annual AT&T Red River Showdown not only pits the Longhorns against their fiercest rival, but also affords them an opportunity for revenge: last year’s 53-45 loss in four overtimes to the Sooners was the Longhorns’ only loss all season by a margin of more than three points.

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The final six games on the schedule are split between road games and those played at DKR-Memorial Stadium. The Horns will host Oklahoma State Oct. 16, Kansas Novl 13 and Kansas State Nov. 27 in the regular-season finale, and will play Oct. 30 at Baylor, Nov. 6 at Iowa State and Nov. 20 at West Virginia.

The 2021 Big 12 Football Championship Game will be Dec. 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

2021 Texas football schedule
Sept. 4: LOUISIANA
Sept. 11: at Arkansas
Sept. 18: RICE
Sept. 25: TEXAS TECH*
Oct. 2: at TCU*
Oct. 9: vs. Oklahoma* (Cotton Bowl – Dallas)
Oct. 16: OKLAHOMA STATE*
Oct. 30: at Baylor*
Nov. 6: at Iowa State*
Nov. 13: KANSAS* 
Nov. 20: at West Virginia*
Nov. 27: KANSAS STATE*
Dec. 4 – Big 12 Championship (AT&T Stadium – Arlington)
* Big 12 Conference game