Perhaps in recognition of the lessons supposedly* taught this year, Baylor AD Ian McCaw announced today that the school is attempting to upgrade its non-conference schedules for football in the much nearer term than we were previously led to believe. Baylor has, in recent weeks, announced a 2022-23 game with Utah out of the Pac 12 while maintaining that any other changes would be limited to years far in the future.
*Unless you assume that a "stronger non-con schedule" this year would have included a win over, say, Auburn or Stanford, I don't think we got left out this past season because our schedule was weak. We got left out because of the way Ohio State throttled Wisconsin in its 13th game.
That is apparently not the case at this point:
Baylor AD Ian McCaw says he is currently having discussions to adjust non-conference football schedule between 2016-2020.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) May 28, 2015
#Baylor AD Ian McCaw says school looking at beefing up future FB schedules, including psbl neutral-site noncon games. by 2020 Talks ongoing.— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) May 28, 2015
One possibility for Baylor, Ian McCaw said, would be an opening-week neutral-site football game although not in Dallas.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) May 28, 2015
Ian McCaw says that it is possible for #SicEm football to have "showcase game" on football schedule to open schedule for Baylor before 2020— Colt Barber (@Colt_247Sports) May 28, 2015
McCaw says Art Briles is on board with the scheduling change. "We're in a different spot than we were when we scheduled" in the past.— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 28, 2015
That last tweet is particularly important given the weight Briles' opinion has reportedly carried in scheduling talks. If he's on board, that's a good sign for something actually getting done. Without looking at specific schedules (something I haven't done myself but that I know others here have), I can't say what that might be.
Let the speculation begin!