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SMU drops Baylor from 2013 slate for FCS team

June Jones AP

With just a little over six months until the 2013 season kicks off, an FBS football program in Texas has found itself with an unexpected hole in its schedule for the upcoming year thanks to a hankering for an FCS creampuff.

Montana State had announced Tuesday that it has scheduled a game for Sept. 7, 2013, against SMU.  The only problem with that?  SMU’s non-conference schedule was already full, and full of in-state opponents at that.

The Mustangs had been scheduled to host Texas Tech on Aug. 31 and Baylor on Sept. 14, while they were slated to travel to Texas A&M on Sept. 21 and TCU on Sept. 28.  With eight Big East games on tap, and with the addition of FCS-level Montana State, SMU was forced to drop one of those four FBS teams from its schedule.  The team on the receiving end of the abrupt boot?  The Bears of Baylor.

Simply put, the decision to add Montana State and drop Baylor was done to soften SMU’s 2013 schedule.

“While this is a rivalry that both schools value, we decided it would be best if we did not play this season,” said SMU athletic director Rick Hart in a statement. “This was not an easy decision and was made only after careful deliberation. With three Big 12 games and one SEC matchup on our nonconference schedule and an upgraded conference schedule as we join the Big East, we felt we needed to bring some balance to our 2013 schedule.

“This decision does not, however, impact our long-term agreement. We will play at Baylor in 2014 when they open their new stadium and have them scheduled for annual games for numerous years.”

Baylor has yet to address the unexpected hole in its schedule, let alone made known its plans to fill it.  The good news for the Bears is that they don’t have an FCS school scheduled in 2013; given the short time frame between now and the start of the 2013 season, they won’t have much of a choice but to look to a lower level to fill in the schedule.

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11 Responses to “SMU drops Baylor from 2013 slate for FCS team”
  1. codybobcats says: Feb 20, 2013 11:15 PM

    Not sure why u assume Montana State is a cream puff just because they are a FCS team. They have a win against Colorado and gave Utah all they could handle a couple years ago.

  2. dawglb says: Feb 20, 2013 11:40 PM

    Good point (above). Plus, most of the Top 25 teams have softies on their schedule. SMU deserves to do that, too. Although, THEY usually ARE the softy……

  3. drummerhoff says: Feb 20, 2013 11:49 PM

    Now Baylor can have an extra home game. Everyone wins… Except the fans of these two schools.

  4. evolutionprime says: Feb 21, 2013 1:01 AM

    North Dakota State fans aren’t too happy. Montana State bought them out of their return trip to Fargo this year. Second time NDSU has been burned by MSU like this. Now NDSU is left struggling just to get an 11th game for this year.

  5. hor2012 says: Feb 21, 2013 1:42 AM

    with the playoffs coming the time for playing fcs schools will soon be coming to a end. Teams are going to play each other to position themsleves for the four team playoff. And, I agree with the earlier post. App state and Michigan should have shown everyone that these FCS schools could be dangerous. If I were SMU I would put this one in the win col just yet. This team isn’t what you might think. They’re normal a very physical football team

  6. sparty0n says: Feb 21, 2013 7:38 AM

    Shouldn’t the AD have looked at this a long time ago and made adjustments? Non-conference schedules are set years in advance. This didn’t just sneek up on them. Seem irresponsible to me to be making these decisions 6 months before the season starts.

  7. whoisedgy says: Feb 21, 2013 8:47 AM

    Good move…their Big East schedule will be full of creampuffs in 2014.

  8. thegamecocker says: Feb 21, 2013 10:00 AM

    That is an impressive OOC schedule for SMU and if I were a fan, I would buy season tix. I respect a program that plays a tough OOC schedule no matter if they win or lose. This will make SMU even better when they play conference games. Well done Mustangs!

  9. imaduffer says: Feb 21, 2013 12:12 PM


    A win against Colorado? That’s funny.

  10. macneil4025 says: Feb 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    Montana State will win this game!! There is a reason the Cats wanted to play SMU, half their squad is from Texas!! I truly hope SMU thinks this is a roll over game, because they will be in for a huge surprise to start the season!!

  11. billmead1976 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:37 AM

    They thought it would improve their chances to apply for SEC admission.

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