ESPN reported Aug. 11 that Ole Miss and Texas Tech would open the 2018 season with a game in Houston. But nearly two weeks later, the game hasn’t been finalized.
That’s due to a week one game the Red Raiders haven’t ridded their schedule of yet. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said the school must reschedule their game against Missouri State for another season, reports LubbockOnline.com.
“I’m confident that we’ll be able to move the games that need to be played and come to an agreement with ESPN on that game,” Hocutt told LubbockOnline, “so I’m excited about it. The contract hasn’t been executed as of today, but I see no reason why it will not be in the coming weeks.”
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy originally reported that the game would be played Sept. 1, 2018, at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Texas Tech, Ole Miss have agreed to open 2018 season in Houston, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 11, 2016
Texas Tech’s game against Missouri State is scheduled for the same date. LubbockOnline reports the Bears and Red Raiders agreed to a $475,000 contract signed in April 2015. It could be difficult to reschedule, as Texas Tech’s nonconference schedule is full until 2020.
Ole Miss and Texas Tech have met five times prior. The Rebels won 47-34 in the last matchup, the 2009 Cotton Bowl, and lead the all-time series 3-2.