Must-watch non-football games of the fall season

Texas Volleyball vs. Penn State Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 (Home) 

After opening the season with three games in Hawaii, the defending National Champion Longhorns have their home opener at Gregory Gym against their recent rival, the Penn State Nittany Lions. 

Why this game is a must-see? 

Longhorn fans will remember Dec. 19, 2009 as the day the Horns were poised to win the National Championship over the Nittany Lions leading 2-0, but Penn State won three straight en route to their 102nd consecutive match victory and third straight title. The teams met in University Park last season where Penn State swept Texas 3-0, but Texas got the last laugh in Louisville, Ky. winning the national title while Penn State lost to Oregon in the semifinals. This is the biggest non-football game in the fall.

Drew Lieberman


Texas Volleyball vs. Nebraska Sunday, September 22, 2013 (Home)

Two Division 1 powerhouses will go toe-to-toe on an early Sunday afternoon in September. Both Texas and Nebraska will be making pushes toward a national championship, and this game comes early in the season.

Why is this game a must-see?

The Cornhuskers left the Big 12 to join the Big Ten in 2010, and the two schools haven’t faced each other since. They have a bit of history outside of being ex-conference rivals as well; Texas beat Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament’s Regional Final in 2009. There will be bad blood, great volleyball and no reason to not be able to make a Sunday
afternoon match. 

Diego Contreras


Texas Women’s Soccer vs. TCU Friday, Sept. 27th, 2013 (Home) 

The Longhorns will open their Big 12 conference schedule at home against TCU in late September.

Why this game is a must-see? 

The Longhorns finished their Big 12 conference season last fall with a 4-4 record. In addition, Texas dropped its contest against TCU 0-1 last October. A win against TCU to start the conference season would help propel the Longhorns through Big 12 play against quality teams. 

Sara Beth Purdy


Texas Volleyball vs. Oklahoma Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 (Home)

A few weeks before the Sooners and Longhorns meet at the Cotton Bowl, the two rivals will square off at Gregory Gymnasium. The Longhorns are defending their National Title from 2012, while the Sooners look to bounce back after a few down years.

Why is this game a must-see?

You can never go wrong with a rivalry, especially one with the magnitude of Oklahoma and Texas. The Longhorns have had a slew of successful seasons, and in their pursuit of a repeat, they will put on many great showings that will please the home crowd. Most importantly, this game will be played on a Saturday in which Texas football has a bye week. So there are not as many excuses to miss this one.

Diego Contreras


Texas Women’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 (Home)

The two biggest universities in Texas and longtime rivals meet each other on the hardwood after the Aggies split from the Big 12 for the SEC.

Why this game is a must-see?

This may be the most obvious game on the list, but with reason. Since the Aggies split for the SEC, the two schools have had trouble scheduling non-conference games, so this will be one of the few times fans get to watch the storied rivalry. The game is on a Friday night as well, so there’s plenty of reason for the Texas-faithful to get rowdy and go cheer against A&M.

Diego Contreras


Texas Men’s Basketball vs. North Carolina Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 2013 (Away) 

There weren’t many highlights for the Longhorns last season, but their best game of the year occurred against a struggling Tar Heels squad. The Longhorns led the whole way despite Myck Kabongo’s suspension.

Why this game is a must-see? 

The Tar Heels cut it close but Texas pulled away 85-67 with Jonathan Holmes putting up the exclamation point. Now the Longhorns go to Chapel Hill in a season expected to land another CBI bid, but they would generate buzz and pick up a quality win if they pull it off. 

Drew Lieberman