Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Minnesota once again proved Friday that it's willing to set a higher standard for nonconference scheduling in the Big Ten.
On the eve of its matchup against No. 8 California, Minnesota finalized a two-game series with national powerhouse Texas. The Gophers will host Texas in 2015 and travel to Austin in 2016. Minnesota also added a two-game series against Navy in 2019 and 2020.
The Texas series had been in the works for some time. Gophers head coach Tim Brewster served as an assistant to Mack Brown at both North Carolina and Texas from 1989-2001.
“It’s another great opportunity to help ourselves, facing two great teams like Texas and Navy,” Brewster said in a statement. “It creates tremendous excitement with our fan base, our players and in recruiting."
Brewster and athletic director Joel Maturi have been aggressive in nonconference scheduling, adding teams like Cal, USC and now Texas to future slates. It's a refreshing philosophy in a league still too prone to cupcake scheduling.