AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 3: University of Texas fans cheer on the Longhorns as they play the Rice Owls on September 3, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. This was the debut game for the new Longhorn Network, a partnership between the University of Texas at Austin and ESPN. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Texas Tech is considering playing 11 games, if the Longhorn Network picks up its matchup with Texas State.
Not sure why Texas Tech is running away from the juggernaut that is the Longhorn Network, but here we are. The Red Raiders are considering playing an 11-game schedule in 2012 in an effort to avoid having their matchup against Texas State televised on said network. It's an odd decision, but shows you how much of a stir Texas's new toy has created in a state full of football rivalry hate.
Tech learned of this possibility several days ago, and according to the source, is "adamantly opposed to playing on the Longhorn Network" and is "putting serious consideration into canceling the game and playing an 11 game schedule" this fall.
Technically, a team doesn't have to play 12 games, so there's that. Texas Tech would also have to eat a buyout, though that figure is unknown.
And there's also the distinct possibility that this is posturing. Canceling a game at the last-minute and playing an 11-game schedule is drastic, but this could be a case of Texas Tech angling to get its matchup against Texas State on a better network than the not-so-widely-distributed Longhorn Network.