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Baylor replaces SMU with FCS team on 2013 slate

Art Briles AP

Nearly a week after being abruptly dropped from SMU’s 2013 schedule in favor of an FCS team, Baylor has reached down to the same level to fill the void in its own schedule.

In a release, the Bears confirmed that the football program has added a 2013 game against FCS-level Wofford.  The game will be played Aug. 31 at Floyd Casey Stadium.

The game, which will be Baylor’s first against the Spartanburg, S.C., school in football, will make seven home games for the Bears on their 2013 schedule.  The game against SMU was scheduled to be a home game for the Mustangs.

With the addition of Wofford, Baylor’s non-conference slate will not include any teams from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference as games had previously been scheduled against Buffalo (Sept. 7) and Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 21).  As a member of the Big 12, Baylor gets just three non-conference games as they play nine against teams from their league.

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4 Responses to “Baylor replaces SMU with FCS team on 2013 slate”
  1. manchestermiracle says: Feb 26, 2013 9:40 AM

    Emulating the SEC is usually a good thing for other conferences, but this trend isn’t one of those times.

    It would be nice if schools could follow through on commitments in their schedules, but there are often mitigating circumstances that don’t allow advanced notice when cancelling games. In SMU’s case this also isn’t one of those times.

    SMU decided it’s non-conference schedule was too hard and replace Baylor with Montana State. Good for the Bobcats, bad for SMU’s strength of schedule. I’ll be so glad when SOS becomes a much bigger piece of the ratings pie.

    A strong non-con schedule can only help to prepare your team for the conference grind. Too many teams think they have a chance to go undefeated and play in the national title game when they should be realistic and prepare to try and win their conference.

  2. drummerhoff says: Feb 26, 2013 10:13 AM

    This isn’t about dumbing down the schedule. This is about making sure you have 7 home games on your schedule to give your Athletic Dept the best possible chance of making money.

    When Bayor’s schedule came out with 6/6 home & away and there was a game at SMU, it stuck out like a sore thumb.
    Maybe someone with access can review all BCS schools schedules. I am willing to bet just a handful of BCS schools have less than 7 home games.

    Remember: That is the reason why we have a 12 game schedule. BCS schools told us they were going to do this when the schedule changed from 11 to 12 games per season… and they literally said we are allowing a 12th game so we can have an extra home game each year!

  3. bertenheim says: Feb 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    This is why the Big Ten “agreement” against FCS teams is great only in theory.

  4. phuzzball says: Feb 27, 2013 8:08 AM

    Don’t be surprised when this game is close, or maybe even an upset. Wofford’s Triple option is deadly and very hard to prepare for. They are very well-coached & disciplined.

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