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Kickoff time announced for Texas versus Texas Tech

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The Longhorns will open Big 12 play with a morning game against the Red Raiders.

NCAA Football: Texas at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns will start conference play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Sept. 25 with an 11 a.m. Central kickoff on ABC at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the Big 12 announced on Monday.

The contest marks the last opportunity for head coach Steve Sarkisian to tune up his team before conference play hits a difficult stretch with games against TCU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State that could ultimately define the season.

But following last weekend’s blowout in Fayetteville, the Longhorns can’t overlook any opponents. After all, Texas needed an unlikely rally from a 15-point deficit to win an overtime game in Lubbock, 63-56.

The Horns do have an overwhelming advantage at home in the all-time series, leading 31-7, and also possess a 53-17 record overall against the Red Raiders.

Coming off of only four wins in 2019 and 2020, Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells is facing a critical third season. His team prepares for its final non-conference game at 2-0 with a comfortable win over Houston and a less comfortable win over SFA.