LUBBOCK, TX – A formidable mix of traditional Big 12 matchups and a solid non-conference slate await the Texas Tech football program in 2010. On Friday, the athletics department officially announced its schedule for next season.
"We are pleased with how this schedule fell into place," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers said. "We were able to work some things out with our league schedule to accommodate a network opportunity, while also bringing our fans an attractive non-conference schedule as well."
One of the highest viewer-rated games in ABC history, the 2008 home game against Texas is continuing to pay dividends. The game was moved ahead in the schedule in 2009 to provide the network an attractive early-season Big 12 game, and the same has been done in 2010. The Red Raiders' annual rivalry with the Longhorns will kick off on one of the ABC/ESPN network channels Sept. 18 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Texas Tech opens the season at home against SMU (Sept. 4), before traveling to New Mexico (Sept. 11), the first trip for the Red Raiders to Albuquerque since 2004. Following the game against Texas, the Red Raiders will have an open week, before continuing the conference schedule at Iowa State (Oct. 2). The second tilt in the two-game series against Baylor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will kick off at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Oct. 9 during Texas State Fair week.
The Red Raiders host Oklahoma State (Oct. 16) in their only home game in October, and finish out the month at Colorado (Oct. 23) and at Texas A&M (Oct. 30). Tech returns to Jones AT&T Stadium against Missouri (Nov. 6) and travels to Oklahoma (Nov. 13) for the final conference game of the season.
For the first time since Texas Tech began its long-standing affiliation with the Southwest and Big 12 conferences in 1960, the program will close the regular season with a pair of non-conference games. The Red Raiders will host FCS member Weber State (Nov. 20) and face Houston (Nov. 27) in the regular season finale at Jones AT&T Stadium. The last time Texas Tech faced a pair of non-conference opponents in November was during the 1964 season against West Texas State and Washington State.
To accommodate the ABC broadcast of the Texas game, a previously scheduled game against TCU will be moved back to a future schedule.
Ticket information for the 2010 season will be announced later.
9/4 vs. SMU
9/11 at New Mexico
9/18 vs. Texas
10/2 at Iowa State
10/9 vs. Baylor (Cotton Bowl)
10/16 vs. Oklahoma State (Family Weekend)
10/23 at Colorado
10/30 at Texas A&M
11/6 vs. Missouri (Homecoming)
11/13 at Oklahoma
11/20 vs. Weber State
11/27 vs. Houston