There have been various rumors regarding a possible college football game to be played in Australia, and for a while Baylor was connected to the discussion. Looking to find ways to boost the overall strength of schedule, Baylor flirted with the idea of playing another power conference opponent in a neutral setting, which led to setting its sights on a possible game abroad in Australia. In July, Baylor was reportedly no longer involved in the discussion, with Cal of the Pac-12 being the supposed travel partner.
On Monday, Baylor head coach Art Briles commented on the potential Australia game while being interviewed on ESPNU. Briles claimed Baylor could not find a travel partner from a power conference that would have made the trip worth the investment.
Since that Baylor-Cal rumor was tossed aside, there have been stronger reports suggesting Cal is still moving forward with an Australia adventure, with Hawaii of the Mountain West Conference being the likely opponent.
As it stands, Baylor will open its 2016 season at home against Northwestern State on September 3, 2016. Other non-conference opponents for the Bears include SMU and Rice unless the program can make any late adjustments to the schedule. Like last year, Baylor has already been criticized for playing a weak schedule for the first two months of the season, which is why Baylor lags behind other playoff contenders in early November. The good news for Baylor is the last few game son the Big 12 schedule are the heavy hitters for the Bears. Should Baylor manage to get through November without a loss and end the seaosn with a 12-0 record, their chances of making the College Football Playoff may be pretty good despite the relatively weak September slate.