Fans have been waiting for it for a while now, it was rumored to be released by February 1st, it continued to be rumored to be released in the near future but the time has finally come – the Big 12 Football Schedule is here.
Texas Tech will have one of its best looking schedules in a while and the fans will get to enjoy starting a new rivalry in the Hub City.
The 2012 season begins on September 1st when Northwestern State comes to town, the Demons are coming off a 5-6 season which they ended it on a three-game losing skid including losses to Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Stephen F Austin.
The following week the Red Raiders will travel to San Marcos to face the Texas State Bobcats for the first time and the game will be played in newly renovated Bobcat Stadium. Tech beat Texas State 50-10 when the Bobcats came to Lubbock for the season-opener.
Before Tech opens Big 12 Conference play it will have one final tune-up on September 15 against New Mexico at home, which will also be Family Weekend in Lubbock as well. Last season the Red Raiders traveled to Albuquerque and took down the Lobos 59-13 despite having to sit through more than an hour of lightening delays.
Following the game with the Lobos, the Red Raiders will get to have a Bye week to prepare for Big 12 play, last season Tech's bye week came the second week of the season resulting in the Red Raiders having to play 11-straight games, which ended on a five-game losing streak.
After getting a week to get healthy Tech will travel for the second straight season to open Big 12 play, but this season it will be going to Ames, Iowa to face the Cyclones.
The Cyclones rolled into Lubbock last season with red-shirt freshman Jared Barnett and beat Tech 41-7.
After spending the first week of Big 12 play on the road the Red Raiders then return home for two straight weeks to take on Oklahoma on October 6, and new Big 12 member West Virginia on October 13, which will also be Homecoming.
The Red Raiders have taken down the Sooners the last two times they have come into Jones AT&T Stadium and have won the last three of five meetings including last seasons thrilling 41-38 win in Norman, snapping a 39-home game winning streak for then No. 3 Oklahoma.
Following the Sooners, the Mountaineers will make their first trip to Lubbock ever and will mark the first meeting between the two teams in 75 years - Tech and West Virginia last met in 1937 in the Sun Bowl, the Mountaineers won 7-6.
Former Tech assistant coach Dana Holgorsen (2000-2007) leads West Virginia into Lubbock, following a season where he took the team to a 9-3 regular season record and capped off his first season at the helm with a 70-33 beating of Clemson in the FedEx Orange Bowl.
Tech begins November at home with what might be a prime time game as on November 3 the Texas Longhorns roll into the Jones. The Red Raiders did not fare well in Austin this past season falling 55-20 and allowing 441 rushing yards and only nine passing attempts in the entire game.
Following the meeting with the Longhorns, Tech faces Kansas in its last true home game on November 10th at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders travelled to Kansas this past season got down 21-0 early but then stormed back to win the game 45-34.
After the Kanas game Tech will travel to Stillwater and try to avenge the 66-6 beating that the Cowboys laid on them this past season in Lubbock. Then to wrap up the season the Red Raiders face the Baylor Bears in Cowboys Stadium on November 24.
Dates are subject to change due to Television and the times of the games have not been announced.