Texas Tech will open the 2015 football season against Sam Houston State and recently signed a deal to play Stephen F. Austin again in 2016. Both are one-year contracts.
The Avalanche-Journal obtained the contracts for all the Red Raiders’ future non-conference football opponents by an open records request.
Tech and Sam Houston State signed a contract in early 2012 to play on Sept. 5, 2015, in Lubbock, though the agreement was never announced. Tech and SFA will play on Sept. 3, 2016, in Lubbock. The contract for that game was signed by the university’s presidents and athletic directors between July 30 and Sept. 23 of this year.
The Red Raiders now have a full slate of three non-conference games apiece in 2014 and 2015.
It’s common for lower-division teams to play teams in BCS conferences to help their athletic budgets. Tech agreed to pay Stephen F. Austin a $450,000 guarantee for the 2016 game.
For the 2015 game against Sam Houston State, Tech will pay either $425,000 if Sam Houston State is an FCS team at the time, or $450,000 if the Bearkats in the FBS. SHSU has explored the possibility of pursuing FBS membership.
Tech beat Stephen F. Austin 61-13 in the Red Raiders’ second game of the season this year. Tech owes SFA a guarantee of $387,500 by Feb. 1 for that game.
Tech will pay Central Arkansas $425,000 for the Red Raiders’ season opener next year at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Here are future non-conference opponents and dates for which Texas Tech has contracts.
Aug. 30 Central Arkansas
Sept. 6 at Texas-El Paso
Sept. 13 Arkansas
Sept. 5 Sam Houston State
Sept. 12 Texas-El Paso
Sept. 19 at Arkansas
Sept. 3 Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 16 at Houston
Sept. 15 Houston
Sept. 18 at Houston
Sept. 10 Houston