Opening weekend in college football is becoming its own mini bowl season with high-profile matchups in neutral locations. Texas Tech and Ole Miss announced on Friday that they are the latest to schedule such a game as the two will meet in Houston to open up the 2018 in the Texas Kickoff.
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) June 23, 2017
For fans of the two teams, there is good and bad news. The bad news is it takes away a home game for the season ticket holders. The good news is that it puts both programs on the national stage, and will give the Big 12 an opportunity to knock off an SEC opponent on prime time TV.
“We’re excited to return to Houston and take part in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “The support of Red Raider Nation helped set a new Texas Bowl attendance record in our last trip to Houston, so we look forward to NRG Stadium being filled with scarlet and black once again to kick off the 2018 season.”
Attendance record aside, hopefully Houston treats Texas Tech a bit better this time around, as they were handled by LSU in the 2015 Texas Bowl.
Texas Tech has faced Mississippi five times before, but the Rebels hold the series edge at 3-2. The two last met in 2009, where Ole Miss knocked off Tech 47-34 in the Cotton Bowl. The 2018 season opener will give the Red Raiders a chance to draw the series even, and it should be game you don’t want to miss. The last three games between the two have averaged over 81 points scored.
The Texas Kickoff first — wait for it — kicked off in 2013 where Oklahoma State knocked off Mississippi State 21-3. For the Red Raiders and the Rebels, 2018 will be their first trip to the game, though Ole Miss is scheduled to return in 2020 where they will face Baylor.