Ole Miss to Open 2018 Season Against Texas Tech in Houston
June 23, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss will kick off the 2018 football season in Houston, Texas against Texas Tech in the sixth installment of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium. The game will be the sixth matchup in the all-time series between the schools.

"We are excited to be part of this great event and play a tradition-rich opponent like Texas Tech,” said Ross Bjork, Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics. “In our scheduling process, we seek out marquee matchups at premier venues, and this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our program on a grand stage. Houston and the state of Texas have become quite the hot bed for Rebel Nation, and we know our fans will continue our stellar reputation of supporting our team and filling up NRG Stadium.”

Ole Miss owns a 3-2 record against Texas Tech. The two teams first met in 1986 with their most recent meeting in the 2009 Cotton Bowl where the Rebels beat the Red Raiders 47-34.

“The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff has become a premier Labor Day weekend college football tradition, and we are thrilled to have extended this partnership with AdvoCare through 2020,” said Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.  “We look forward to welcoming the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Ole Miss Rebels and their respective passionate fan bases to NRG Stadium in Houston for the 2018 edition of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, signifying the start of the college football season.” 

The game will mark the sixth year of a recently extended four-year extension, through 2020, between Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, to bring a top college football game to NRG Stadium during the Labor Day weekend to start the college football season.

Ole Miss’ 2018 non-conference schedule also includes Southern Illinois, Kent State and ULM. Below are more of the Rebels’ future opponents with games that have not previously been announced in bold.

Texas Tech (Houston)
Southern Illinois (Oxford)
Kent State (Oxford)
ULM (Oxford)

Memphis (Memphis)
Southeastern Louisiana (Oxford)
Cal (Oxford)
New Mexico State (Oxford)

Georgia Southern (Oxford)
Southeast Missouri (Oxford)
Middle Tennessee (Oxford)

Austin Peay (Oxford)
Tulane (Oxford)
Liberty (Oxford)

Troy (Oxford)
Central Arkansas (Oxford)
Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
Tulsa (Oxford)

Mercer (Oxford)
Tulane (New Orleans)
Georgia Tech (Oxford)

Furman (Oxford)
Wake Forest (Winston-Salem)

Citadel (Oxford)
Wake Forest (Oxford)
Tulane (Oxford)

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