LUBBOCK — A true, regular season conference champion will be crowned in 2011 for the first time since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
It will mean running a gauntlet that does not include one week off for 11 consecutive games and all nine conference games if that team is going to be Texas Tech.
"We are excited to release our 2011 football schedule," said Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt. "Coach Tuberville and his staff have done a remarkable job on the recruiting trail and the good news continues to come in. The recruiting efforts, along with a bowl victory last season, are positioning our football program to be a contender at both the conference and national level."
The athletic department was granted permission to release the schedule on Wednesday after weeks of reshuffling and TV negotiations. While the dates are in tact, all times are subject to change.
The Red Raiders begin the 2011 campaign on Sept. 3 at Jones AT&T Stadium against Texas State before entering their only bye week on Sept. 10. Tech will then travel back to Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 17 before returning home to play Nevada, the reigning WAC champion.
The new, nine-game Big 12 Conference schedule will begin in Lawrence, Kan., and will end on Nov. 26 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington against Baylor.
Tech will travel to Austin and Norman in the same season to play Texas and Oklahoma but will have home games against Texas A&M, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Iowa State. The final Big 12 road game will be Nov. 19 at Missouri.
2011 TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 3 Texas State Lubbock, Texas
Sept. 10 Open
Sept. 17 at New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M.
Sept. 24 Nevada Lubbock, Texas
Oct. 1 at* Kansas Lawrence, Kan.
Oct. 8 *Texas A&M Lubbock, Texas
Oct. 15 *Kansas State Lubbock, Texas
Oct. 22 at *Oklahoma Norman, Okla.
Oct. 29 *Iowa State Lubbock, Texas
Nov. 5 at *Texas Austin, Texas
Nov. 12 *Oklahoma State Lubbock, Texas
Nov. 19 at *Missouri Columbia, Mo.
Nov. 26 vs. *Baylor Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)