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Tech signs for another game with Stephen F. Austin

Sam Houston State fills spot on 2015 slate

Posted: October 8, 2013 - 6:53pm  |  Updated: October 9, 2013 - 12:18am
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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.


What’s ahead

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

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Another game no one wants to see

Every time a university signs one of these teams to play, allumni, season ticket holders, and other fans get ripped off.


WHy SFA, Central Arkansas, & Sam Houston State?

Come on Tech! Just because Kent Hance is still connected with Texas Tech surely doesn't mean he has final say concerning the level of football opponents we play! Wasn't he the same master-mind concerning the hiring of Tuberville? Isn't it time for Tech to put on Man Panties and play in the same sandbox as the big boys do, and when does this stupid play-in-Dallas against the Baylor Bears come to an end? The fans and students at both schools deserve the opportunity to play at home and away versus away "over there" where nobody cares. Who's the nut head that came up with that brilliant plan and thought it was a great idea? Hmmm... I wonder who! RBH


Hope they will get two majors in the future

Central Arkansas is a complete waste. The others at least we have some sharing of Texas wealth. Big Boy panties sounds good but did anyone notice who Alabama played last week? I am so pleased to have Arkansas back and Houston can be worthy in some years. A shame Tech was so embarrassed that you needed Open Records to get such basic information



Why is it you blame everything on the Chancellor? Kent Hance more than likely doesn't have anything to do with signing these teams. The President, AD, and the Coach (yes, our beloved coach) all have a say in scheduling.....and most schools play a couple of powder puffs each year, where have you been? I don't like it either, but that the way it's been for over a decade.



Come on Tech and schedule games like LSU for OOC. Then ESPN will give Tech a pat on the back like TCU received...until they lost. Now TCU is struggling to remain relevant. Tech played SMU, TX ST, and SFA and even though the stadium was full and it was on TV, and Tech is ranked #20 following the wins it would have been really neat to play LSU. Sarcasm.


Bad idea

Considering the price of tickets this borders on insulting to the paying fans. It is not necessary to play three traditional powers each year in non-conference games, but there are plenty of SMUs, New Mexicos, Iindianas, Kentuckys, Colorado States, Tulanes, New Mexico States, Louisiana Lafayettes, Rices, and, yes, Cincinnatis out there which would be more respectable opponents and give the fans more for their money and be more useful for getting the team prepared for the tough games in conference.


Puff games

If Tech wants to schedule easy games, they should include Cincinnati University. It should be an easy win and probably a sellout. And, if its a windy a day, Cincinnati would have an easy excuse.


There's bound to be a middle ground

I'm not going to say we should play Alabama, LSU and Oregon in September, but I am really tired of the lower division schools. No offense to SFA, but its not fair to anybody. I agree with Bernardo, let's play some fellow FBS (even though FBS won't exist by then) schools. I know one of the benefits of playing OCC schools is to get your brand out to geographical areas that Big12 play doesn't take you to. AND I know that it's not bad for the OCC games to be in a somewhat "destination" area. So here is my proposition. Play Rice, UNLV, and FL Atlantic/FUI/SouthFl. This gets us into the Houston market, the SEC/Beach market, and...Vegas. Those should all be extremely win-able games, but maybe not slaughters. What's that, you want some more schools, ok, Tulane, San Diego St, Memphis, etc, etc, etc. You get the idea. Tell me where I'm wrong.

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