2014: SMU, Northwestern State, at Buffalo
2015: at SMU, Lamar, Rice
2016: Northwestern State, SMU, at Rice
2017: UTSA, Duke
2018: at UTSA, at Duke
2019: Incarnate Word, UTSA, at Rice
"When we scheduled the three non-conference opponents this year we were in the midst of a 15-year bowl drought; the philosophy was, let's get to six wins and bowl eligibility," McCaw said. "Our goal is to win three non-conference games, and set us up to have a great year in the Big 12 and hopefully win a Big 12 championship."
McCaw said he has received little criticism from Baylor fans who desire a more competitive looking non-conference game or two. The thought is a fan would prefer his team finish with, for example, an 11-2 record as opposed to a 10-3 record that includes a non-conference loss against a high-ranking quality opponent.
"If there becomes an incredible premium placed on strength of schedule by the committee, you may see us going to a shorter window in terms of scheduling opponents," McCaw said. "But it's going to take a while."
Until then critics will rip it, and Baylor fans clamoring for a decent non-conference game may not like it, but until it doesn't work the Bears are not changing their formula.
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