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ESPN Points Out Bizarre Texas Scheduling Quirk

Shot of the Texas Longhorns cheerleaders performing during game.

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Texas is the epicenter of the Big 12 conference, with four member schools and the heart of the league's recruiting footprint. Still, the majority of the league's members are not in the Lone Star State.

It isn't rare for college football powers to stay close to home for much of the start of the season. The Texas Longhorns have kicked things up to a new level this year.

Somehow, Texas will only leave the state once before Nov. 16 this upcoming season, and twice total, barring an out of state bowl.

The schedule layout gives the Longhorns a chance to build some serious momentum, as they look to crack Oklahoma's stranglehold at the top of the league.

ESPN recently gave out "college football schedule superlatives," and mentioned how Texas football is hanging around close to home.

From Chris Low, who called this the "Deep in the heart of Texas" award:

Texas plays only one game outside the state (at West Virginia on Oct. 5) until it travels to Iowa State on Nov. 16. The Longhorns have a "road" game against Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 14, the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma in Dallas on Oct. 12 and a game against TCU in Fort Worth on Oct. 26.

Texas' full schedule, with in-state games in bold:

Aug. 31: vs. Louisiana Tech (Austin)
Sept. 7: vs. LSU (Austin)
Sept. 14: vs. Rice (Houston)
Sept. 21: vs. Oklahoma State (Austin)
Oct. 5: at West Virginia
Oct. 12: vs. Oklahoma (Dallas)
Oct. 19: vs. Kansas (Austin)
Oct. 26: at TCU (Fort Worth)
Nov. 9: vs. Kansas State (Austin)
Nov. 16: at Iowa State
Nov. 23: at Baylor (Waco)
Nov. 29: vs. Texas Tech (Austin)

The Big 12 championship is in Arlington, so there's a real chance that Texas only leaves the state twice in total, even if it goes to the conference championship and lands in a big in-state bowl.