Texas Tech Announces 2007 Schedule

Texas A&M, Oklahoma return to Jones AT&T Stadium; UTEP makes first appearance since 1998.

Texas Tech renews acquaintances with a former Southwest Conference member, begins a new series with another and faces a formidable Big 12 Conference slate on the 2007 Red Raider Football schedule. The Red Raiders play six games at home and six on the road next season.

After opening the season with three of the first four games on the road, the Red Raiders have a stretch of three-straight home games beginning at the end of September. Tech his home for three of four October dates and closes the season at home with a single November game.

The Red Raiders will open the season on the road at SMU on Sept. 1 in the first year of a new four-year contract, which will feature home games on alternating years. The second game of a two-year deal with UTEP takes place in the home opener on Sept. 8, while a new two-year agreement with former SWC foe Rice begins in Houston on Sept. 15. The Owls will return the game in 2008. In the final non-conference game, the Red Raiders will host Northwestern (La.) State on Sept. 29.

Iowa State (Oct. 6) and Texas A&M (Oct. 13) open league play at home for the Red Raiders and represent two of three games played at Jones AT&T Stadium in October next season. Tech closes the month Oct. 27 against Colorado. Traditionally a heavy travel month, the three games are the most in the season’s middle month since 1998 when Tech played three of five games during October. The Red Raiders close the season against Oklahoma on Nov. 17.

Texas Tech’s Big 12 Conference opener at Oklahoma State kicks off Sept. 22 in Stillwater. Other road conference games include Missouri (Oct. 20), Baylor (Nov. 3) and Texas (Nov. 10). The Baylor and Texas games mark the first back-to-back games in November since the 2003 season, when Tech faced the same teams on the road.

2007 Schedule Notes
·    Rice appears on the schedule for the first time since 1995; game is first in two-year deal.
·    Three home games in October are the most since the 1998 season.
·    Tech closes its home schedule with an Oklahoma school for the seventh year since 1996.
·    UTEP comes to Lubbock for the second of a two-game contract.
·    Back-to-back road games in November are a first since 2003.
·    Four teams are currently bowl eligible, with two one win away (as of release date).
·    Five of the teams were at one point ranked among the top 25 in 2006.

2007 Schedule
Sept. 1         at SMU                                       Dallas
Sept. 8         UTEP                                         Lubbock
Sept. 15       at Rice                                       Houston
Sept. 22       at Oklahoma State                     Stillwater
Sept. 29       Northwestern (La.) State              Lubbock
Oct. 6          Iowa State                                  Lubbock
Oct. 13        Texas A&M                                  Lubbock
Oct. 20        at Missouri                                Columbia
Oct. 27        Colorado                                     Lubbock
Nov. 3          at Baylor                                      Waco
Nov. 10        at Texas                                      Austin
Nov. 17        Oklahoma                                   Lubbock

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