Texas Tech and TCU will play on Thursday, Sept. 12.
March 7, 2013
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Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders will kickoff Big 12 play in front of a national television audience on a FOX Sports or ESPN platform on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Jones AT&T Stadium, giving Texas Tech its first Thursday night home game since 1994.
The announcement was made earlier today by the Big 12 Conference and gives Texas Tech its second date change to the 2013 schedule in as many days. On Wednesday, ESPN and the Big East announced that Tech's season opener at SMU would be moved to Friday, Aug. 30, in order to accommodate a national broadcast.
"We are excited to have our 2013 Big 12 season kickoff in front of a national television audience," Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics said. "The Big 12 conference television agreement requires that our league provide four Thursday night games and we look forward to this opportunity to showcase our great university and city to the entire nation."
Texas Tech and TCU were originally scheduled to play on Saturday, Sept. 14. The last appearance for Red Raider Football on a Thursday night came in 1994 when Tech suffered a 42-16 setback to then top-ranked Nebraska at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Three non-Saturday games will be on the docket this season for the Red Raiders, including the season opener at SMU (Friday, Aug. 30), TCU (Thursday, Sept. 12) and a rivalry game at Texas (Thursday, Nov. 28). The network that will carry the Texas Tech-TCU game will be announced at a later date.
2013 Schedule (Updated)
Aug. 30 - at SMU
Sept. 7 - Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 12 - *TCU
Sept. 21 - Texas State
Sept. 28 - BYE
Oct. 5 - at *Kansas
Oct. 12 - *Iowa State
Oct. 19 - at *West Virginia
Oct. 26 - at *Oklahoma
Nov. 2 - *Oklahoma State
Nov. 9 - *Kansas State
Nov. 16 - vs. *Baylor
Nov. 23 - BYE
Nov. 28 - at *Texas
Dec. 7 - BYE
POINTS OF EMPHASIS
This decision was made by the Big 12 Conference and our television partners FOX and ESPN. Texas Tech values its standing in the Big 12 Conference and our institution benefits tremendously by the national exposure provided by FOX and ESPN.
As part of the Big 12 Conference television package, four games are required to be played on Thursday night each season. Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma will all be featured on Thursday night this season. All three schools have national brands and are attractive to our television partners.
Texas Tech and Texas will each play two Thursday games this season. Each school will play one Thursday game at home and one on the road.
The Thursday night game featuring Texas Tech and TCU is a tremendous way to showcase our institution, football program and the city of Lubbock to a national television audience. By virtue of being the only game on television during this time slot, this game will get added national attention more so than a typical Saturday game.
Television ratings for Thursday night games in the month of September are traditionally some of the highest of the college football season, therefore, the exposure for the first Big 12 Conference football game in the Kliff Kingsbury should be significant.
With the game just over six months away, we are hopeful that fans will be able to adjust their work and vacation schedules to accommodate this game.
This game will be a tremendous recruiting opportunity for our football coaching staff due to the national exposure. A sellout crowd is crucial!
Texas Tech will work through the logistics of hosting a mid week game on campus and communicate as necessary to our fan base.
For additional information on the Big 12 Television Contract that was announced last fall, including Thursday games, please click this link.