Texas Tech should not have another weeknight game
With the essential dissolution of the PAC-12 Conference, television networks are going to have to scramble to fill their timeslots with games. That means that the new Big 12 could be forced into playing even more weeknight games than usual.
For years, both ESPN and Fox Sports 1 have aired Big 12, ACC, Big 10, and PAC-12 games on both Thursday and Friday nights. Now that the Big 12 has absorbed a major portion of the PAC-12, will that mean that even more Big 12 games than usual are played on weeknights?
The hope for Texas Tech has to be that the league will give the Red Raiders at least one year without a weeknight game. That's because Tech played on Thursday night last season, a thrilling 35-28 win over TCU in Lubbock.
In years past, the conference has not asked universities to play on weeknights in back-to-back seasons. However, no one knows if that will remain the policy now that there are more teams and more television slots to fill.
If Tech does have to play on a Thursday or Friday night, here's at least hoping it will be a road game. That's because home games during the week are tougher on Tech than most other schools given that such a large number of the season ticket holders live multiple hours away.
What's more, a Friday night home game on the South Plains would be disastrous given how many people in the region attend high school games on that night of the week. Thus, it would be in the school's best interest to avoid a weeknight game altogether.
So let's hope that Tech plays only on Saturdays this season. That would only be fair given that the conference made the university to hold a Thursday night rivalry game last fall. Of course, with the Big 12, the idea of fairness is not always a top consideration.