Provided by Texas Tech University Athletics:
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will boast its most attractive home football schedule in decades this season as the Red Raiders will host six games at Jones AT&T Stadium, including matchups against arch-rival Texas, Oklahoma and new Big 12 member West Virginia.
"We are going to have the opportunity to host probably three top 10 teams at Jones AT&T Stadium, and I don't think any other school in the country can say that," said Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. "With Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all coming to Jones AT&T Stadium, we couldn't ask for a better home schedule. The Big 12 Conference is as challenging and difficult as it gets. Our coaches and players are excited for the challenges that this schedule presents, and we are ready to get back on the field for spring practice to begin our preparations."
Texas Tech will open the 2012 season at Jones AT&T Stadium on Sept. 1 against Northwestern State before heading out on the road to face Texas State in San Marcos on Sept. 8. The game against Texas State will mark the first appearance for Texas Tech in San Marcos, and will be played in the newly renovated Bobcat Stadium. Texas State opens the 2012 season as a Division I FBS member, and its inaugural season as a member of the WAC (Western Athletic Conference).
Texas Tech's third and final non-conference game of the 2012 season will take place on Sept. 15 when the Red Raiders face the New Mexico Lobos (Family Weekend) at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Lobos will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Bob Davie, and the game will mark the 44th installment of the border-rivalry with New Mexico.
The Red Raiders will get one true bye-week during the season and it will come on Sept. 22, just one week before conference play gets underway on Sept. 29 at Iowa State. Texas Tech will be opening Big 12 play on the road for the second consecutive season when it travels to Ames, Iowa to face a Cyclone team that faced off against Rutgers in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl.
Following the Iowa State game, Texas Tech returns home for back-to-back home games against Oklahoma and West Virginia at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders have won the last two games against the Sooners at Jones AT&T Stadium and three out of the last five in the series. West Virginia will make its debut appearance at Jones AT&T Stadium on Oct. 13 and it will mark the first match-up against these two teams since a meeting in the Sun Bowl back in 1937 (7-6 WVU victory). The Mountaineers are led by former Texas Tech assistant Dana Holgorsen who coached at Tech from 2000-07.
Texas Tech closes out the month of October on the road at TCU and Kansas State on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, respectively.
The Red Raiders return home and will play the first two games of the November slate at Jones AT&T Stadium against arch-rival Texas on Nov. 3 and Kansas on Nov. 10. Texas Tech closes out the regular-season with road games at defending Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State on Nov. 17 in Stillwater and against Baylor at Cowboys Stadium on Nov. 24.
All dates on the 2012 schedule are subject to change due to television. Game times have not yet been announced and will be dictated by network television.
Season tickets holders should anticipate receiving renewal information within 7-10 days while new season ticket sales will begin on May 1. Fans interested in becoming season ticket holders can make deposits on season tickets immediately by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH or online at texastech.com.
2012 TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 1 NORTHWESTERN STATE
Sept. 8 at Texas State
Sept. 15 NEW MEXICO (FW)
Sept. 22 BYE
Sept. 29 at *Iowa State
Oct. 6 *OKLAHOMA
Oct. 13 *WEST VIRGINIA (HC)
Oct. 20 at *TCU
Oct. 27 at *K-State
Nov. 3 *TEXAS
Nov. 10 *KANSAS
Nov. 17 at *Oklahoma State
Nov. 24 vs. *BAYLOR (Cowboys Stadium)
Dec. 1 BYE
*=Big 12 Conference Game
FW = Family Weekend
HC = Homecoming