Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said Thursday that he is in negotiations to upgrade the Bears' nonconference schedule over the next five years.
"We’re having some interesting discussions right now," McCaw said. "We’re certainly open to playing a Power 5 team not every year, but a good number of years." Baylor, of course, narrowly missed the playoffs last year, mostly because of its weak nonconference schedule. It gets no better in 2015, as Baylor plays SMU, Lamar and Rice. In the future, the Bears have commitments to play Northwestern (La.) State (2016), Liberty (2017), UTSA (2017-19), Abilene Christian (2018), Incarnate Word (2019) and Louisiana Tech (2020-22). "We’re in a different spot than we were when we scheduled the teams last year and this year," McCaw said. "Obviously, as we’ve won back-to-back Big 12 championships and our program is on the national stage and we’re recruiting at an extremely high level, we’re able to take on a higher level of competition."