Defending conference co-champion Kansas State kicks off the 2013 football season for the Big 12, both on the schedule and on television, with a home game under the lights against North Dakota State on Friday, Aug. 30, The game will be televised on Fox Sports’ new FS1 all-sports network. North Dakota State is the reigning champion of the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Series.
With the new college football playoff structure set to be in place for the 2014 season, Big 12 teams have begun paying more serious attention to their out-of-conference schedules, and that is reflected in the initial TV schedule for the coming season.
The first weekend of the season features a pair of Big 12-SEC Challenge games with Oklahoma State meeting Mississippi State in the Texas Kickoff Classic at Reliant Stadium in Houston and TCU squaring off with LSU in another special-event game in the state of Texas: the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. All four teams were bowl participants last season, and both games will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN or ABC.
Other featured early-season TV games will include:
Sept. 14 – Mississippi @ Texas on the Longhorn Network
Different in the 2013 season area series of four Thursday night games contracted through ESPN and FoxSports, including the Thanksgiving game between Texas and Texas Tech (which replaces what used to be the tradition Thanksgiving rivalry game between the Longhorns and Texas A&M.
Thursday TV schedule:
Sept. 12 – TCU @ Texas Tech on ESPN
Oct. 3 – Texas @ Iowa State on ESPN
Nov. 7 – Oklahoma @ Baylor on FS1 (FoxSports1)
Nov. 28 – Texas Tech @ Texas on FS1
The TV schedule after September will be announced on a 12-day or six-day interval for the remainder of thecollege football season. This is primarily to give ESPN and FoxSports the opportunity to schedule more meaningful matchups on a week-to-week basis as the season progresses.