Big 12 Announces Football Early Season Kickoff Times and Special Game Network Selections

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The Big 12, along with its TV partners ESPN and FOX Sports, have announced early season and special date football network selections on both linear and digital platforms, according to a conference press release. The 2023 season will mark the lone year in Big 12 history that the conference is made of 14 teams, with BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, and Houston joining the league on July 1.

The historic season will kick off on Thursday, August 31 as UCF hosts Kent State on FS1 and Kansas welcomes Missouri State for a matchup on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The rest of the league will begin their seasons on Saturday, September 2, highlighted by TCU hosting Colorado, which will be the site for FOX’s first Big Noon Kickoff of the 2023 season.

Additionally, West Virginia will head to Penn State for a primetime 6:30 p.m. kick on NBC.


In Week 2, the Big 12 will feature another full slate of games, with several intriguing matchups. ESPN will carry Utah at Baylor as well as Texas at Alabama, while FOX will feature the Iowa at Iowa State rivalry along with Oregon at Texas Tech.

The first conference game of the season will be in Week 3, when TCU heads to Houston for a 7:00 p.m. CT kick on FOX.

The Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship will return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, December 2 with an 11:00 a.m. kickoff on ABC.

The remainder of the Big 12 television selections will be announced on a 12-day or six-day notice via Big12Sports.com and the Conference’s official digital platforms.


Here’s the remainder of the designated Big 12 television selections, courtesy of the Big 12 Conference.

Big 12 Football Early Season and Special Date Television Selections
(all times listed as Central)

Thursday, August 31
Kent State at UCF (FS1), 6:00 p.m.
Missouri State at Kansas (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 2
Colorado at TCU (FOX), 11:00 a.m.
Arkansas State at Oklahoma (ESPN), 11:00 a.m.
Northern Iowa at Iowa State (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 1:00 p.m.
Rice at Texas (FOX), 2:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky at Cincinnati (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 2:30 p.m.
UTSA at Houston (FS1), 6:00 p.m.
Texas State at Baylor (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.
Southeast Missouri at Kansas State (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.
Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.
West Virginia at Penn State (NBC), 6:30 p.m.
Texas Tech at Wyoming (CBS), 6:30 p.m.
Sam Houston at BYU (FS1), 9:15 p.m.


Friday, September 8 or Saturday, September 9
Houston at Rice, TBD
Illinois at Kansas, TBD

Saturday, September 9
Utah at Baylor (ESPN), 11:00 a.m.
Troy at Kansas State (FS1), 11:00 a.m.
Southern Utah at BYU (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 2:00 p.m.
Iowa at Iowa State (FOX), 2:30 p.m.
SMU at Oklahoma (SoonerVision on ESPN+), 5:00 p.m.
Duquesne at West Virginia (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 5:00 p.m.
Oregon at Texas Tech (FOX), 6:00 p.m.
Texas at Alabama (ESPN), 6:00 p.m.
UCF at Boise State (FS1), 6:00 p.m.
Nicholls at TCU (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Arizona State (FS1), 9:30 p.m. 
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, TBD

Saturday, September 16
Iowa State at Ohio (ESPN2 or ESPNU), 11:00 a.m.
Kansas State at Missouri (SEC Network), 11:00 a.m.
Long Island at Baylor (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 11:00 a.m.
Oklahoma at Tulsa (ESPN or ESPN2), 2:30 p.m.
Villanova at UCF (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 5:30 p.m.
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.
South Alabama at Oklahoma State (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.
Tarleton State at Texas Tech (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh at West Virginia (ABC), 6:30 p.m.
BYU at Arkansas (ESPN2), 6:30 p.m.
TCU at Houston (FOX), 7:00 p.m.
Wyoming at Texas (Longhorn Network), 7:00 p.m.
Kansas at Nevada (CBSSN), 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 23
Sam Houston at Houston (Big 12 Now on ESPN+), 6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 29
Cincinnati at BYU (ESPN), 9:15 p.m.

Friday, October 6
Kansas State at Oklahoma State (ESPN), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
Oklahoma vs. Texas (ABC), TBD

Thursday, October 12
West Virginia at Houston (FS1), 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 2
TCU at Texas Tech (FS1), 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 24
TCU at Oklahoma (FOX), 11:00 a.m.
Texas Tech at Texas (ABC), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 2
Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship (ABC), 11:00 a.m.

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