The Battle of the Bulldogs from Joe Aillet Stadium will be carried live on ESPN2 starting at 5:45 p.m. Mississippi State, who won the Liberty Bowl last season, will the first SEC team to ever play in Ruston.
One week later, a national audience will watch the Bulldogs face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence at 6 p.m. CST on Fox Sports Network. Kansas is coming off a 12-1 season in which it won the Big 12 championship title and defeated Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Tech's third nationally televised game will come Oct. 1 (Wednesday) as the Bulldogs take to the road to face Boise State on ESPN at 7 p.m. The Broncos have won five of the last six Western Athletic Conference titles.
In addition to the nationally televised contests, Tech will also be on regionally Sept. 20 against Southeastern Louisiana (ERT), Oct. 25 at Army (ESPNU or ESPN Classic), Nov. 22 at New Mexico State (ERT) and Nov. 29 against Nevada (ERT).
The ESPN Regional games will most likely be televised live on Cox Sports Television statewide as well as picked up by ESPN Gameplan.
Tech's Oct. 11 game at Hawaii will be televised on the island and could also be picked up by ESPN Gameplan.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 5-7 season that saw them finish 4-4 and in a tie for fourth-place in the Western Athletic Conference.
To purchase season tickets, Tech fans can call the ticket office at 318-257-3631 or log onto www.latechsports.com.