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Baylor announces 2020 football schedule

Bears to play eight games in Texas, including six at McLane Stadium
Credit: Kurtis Quillin, KCEN
Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule talks with senior linebacker Clay Johnston during the Bears' first practice of the fall on Aug. 2, 2019 in Waco.

WACO, Texas — Baylor announced its 2020 football schedule, which includes a season-opening trip to NRG Stadium in Houston against Ole Miss as well as a Thursday night return to Lubbock.

Most notably, Baylor takes on the Rebels in the previously announced 2020 Advocare Texas Kickoff on Sept. 5.

The Bears open the 2020 home schedule with three consecutive games at McLane Stadium against Kansas on Sept. 12 in a rare early Big 12 opener, the first-ever meeting with Incarnate Word on Sept. 19 and a visit from Louisiana Tech on Sept. 26.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, Baylor will make its first visit to Lubbock since 2008 for a rivalry game with Texas Tech in a primetime matchup. BU’s series with the Red Raiders returned to campus sites in 2019 with a 33-30 double-overtime victory by the Bears in Waco following neutral-site meetings from 2009-18.

Other home Big 12 Conference dates include TCU on Oct. 24, Oklahoma State on Nov. 7 and the regular-season finale with Kansas State on Nov. 28.

Baylor will play eight of 12 regular-season games in the state of Texas in 2020. Other road trips include a huge Thursday marquee game at Texas Tech and conference matchups at Oklahoma on Oct. 3, Texas on Oct. 31, Iowa State on Nov. 14 and West Virginia on Nov. 21.

The top two finishers in the Big 12 regular season standings will compete for the conference title in the Big 12 Football Championship Game, which is scheduled in 2020 for Saturday, Dec. 5. The championship game will be played in Arlington, Texas' AT&T Stadium through 2021.

All dates are subject to change. Television selections for the first three weeks of the season and special dates are due to the conference by June 1, 2020. The date for Baylor's 2020 Homecoming celebration will be designated at a later time.


Sept. 5             Ole Miss (NRG Stadium – Houston)

Sept. 12           Kansas*

Sept. 19           Incarnate Word

Sept. 26           Louisiana Tech

Oct. 3              at Oklahoma*

Oct. 10            OPEN

Oct. 15            at Texas Tech*

Oct. 24            TCU*

Oct. 31            at Texas

Nov. 7              Oklahoma State*

Nov. 14            at Iowa State*

Nov. 21            at West Virginia*

Nov. 28            Kansas State*

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