According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, Texas Tech and Ole Miss have agreed to open the 2018 season in Houston.
Texas Tech, Ole Miss have agreed to open 2018 season in Houston, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 11, 2016
McMurphy did not state if this was the beginning of a series between the SEC and Big 12 teams, but it does pair up two solid clubs. This will at the least be the second time that Ole Miss will open a season in Houston.
The Rebels have already agreed to a game with Baylor at NRG Stadium in 2020.
The 2018 matchup between Texas Tech and Ole Miss will be the sixth time the two teams have played. Ole Miss leads the series, 3-2, with the Rebels winning the last contest in 2009.
Texas Tech is coming off a solid 2015 season in which the Red Raiders went 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12, where they finished in a tie for fifth-pace. It’s season ended with a loss to LSU in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.
The Red Raiders will open their 2016 season when they host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, September 3.
Meanwhile, Ole Miss is coming off an encouraging season in which it went 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the SEC, where it came in second place in the SEC West. Its season ended with a win over Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
However, the Rebels’ offseason was marred by allegations that they provided extra benefits to ex-Rebel star and NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil.
The Rebels will open their 2017 season with a game against Florida State in Orlando on September 5.