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Tech-TCU Big 12 opener moved to Thursday night

Texas Tech and TCU will kick off the Big 12 football season on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The teams were originally scheduled to play Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on a Fox Sports or ESPN platform. The last time the Red Raiders played a Thursday night game was in 1994 when top-ranked Nebraska delivered a 42-16 beating at Jones AT&T Stadium.

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.

Texas also has two Thursday games this season -- at Iowa State on Oct. 3 and hosting Tech on Thanksgiving. Baylor also scheduled a Thursday game as the Bears will host Oklahoma on Nov. 7.

Texas Tech's complete schedule:

Fri., Aug. 30 at SMU

Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Stephen F. Austin

Thu., Sept. 12 vs. TCU*

Sat., Sept. 21 vs. Texas State

Sat., Sept. 28 BYE

Sat., Oct. 5 at Kansas*

Sat., Oct. 12 vs. Iowa State*

Sat., Oct. 19 at West Virginia*

Sat., Oct. 26 at Oklahoma*

Sat., Nov. 2 vs. Oklahoma State*

Sat., Nov. 9 vs. Kansas State*

Sat., Nov. 16 vs. Baylor*

Sat., Nov. 23 BYE

Thu., Nov. 28 at Texas*

*Big 12 Conference game