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Big 12 releases early-season TV schedule

Following the Pac-12's lead from last week, the Big 12 released its early-season TV package on Tuesday. 

Twenty-five Big 12 games officially found TV homes today, spread across nearly a dozen different platforms. While other conferences are centralizing their television packages, the Big 12 has gone in the opposite direction. Starting with the Longhorn Network and spreading across the entire league, the Big 12 gives its fans a bigger clicker finger workout than any conference in college football. Big 12 fans have to take the phrase "check your local listings" very seriously. While it at times can be a nuisance, it also shows just how far the conference's television presence has come. Where games like Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech or Buffalo at Baylor were previously banished to pay-per-view, if they were even televised at all, they can now be seen throughout the region or the country. 

Speaking of Longhorn Network, the Longhorns' home date with Ole Miss has been designated for the highly-controversial, hardly-seen network. We'll see how that goes over in the Magnolia State. 

The Big 12's television package is split equally across ESPN and the Fox Sports family of networks, which means Bob Bowlsby's league will have a heavy presence on the newly-announced Fox Sports 1. That presence includes multiple Thursday nights, including Thanksgiving. Texas has played annually on Turkey Day since 2008 and always on ESPN, until now. This year's installment against Texas Tech migrates over to Fox Sports 1. 

All times Central. 

Friday, Aug. 30
Texas Tech at SMU - 7 p.m. - ESPN
North Dakota State at Kansas State - 7:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1

Saturday, Aug. 31
William & Mary at West Virginia - 11 a.m. - Fox Sports 1
Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State (in Houston) - 2:30 p.m. - ABC/ESPN2
Louisiana - Monroe at Oklahoma - 6 p.m. - FSN PPV
Wofford at Baylor - 6 p.m. - FSN
New Mexico State at Texas - 6 p.m. - LHN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State - 6 p.m. - Cyclones.TV
LSU vs. TCU - 8 p.m. - ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 7
Southeastern Louisiana at TCU - 11 a.m. - FSN
Oklahoma State at UTSA - 11 a.m. - Fox Sports 1
Buffalo at Baylor - 2:30 p.m. - FSN
Louisiana - Lafayette at Kansas State - 5:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
West Virginia at Oklahoma - 6 p.m. - Fox
Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech - 6 p.m. - FSN
South Dakota at Kansas - 6 p.m. - Jayhawk Network

Thursday, Sept. 12
TCU at Texas Tech - 6:30 p.m. - ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 14
Tulsa at Oklahoma - 11 a.m. - ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Georgia State at West Virginia - 11 a.m. - Mountaineer Network
Iowa at Iowa State - 5 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
Lamar at Oklahoma State - 6:30 p.m. - TBA
Kansas at Rice - 6:30 p.m. - CBS Sports Network
Ole Miss at Texas - 7 p.m. - LHN

Saturday, Sept. 21
Texas State at Texas Tech - 6 p.m. - FSN

Thursday, Sept. 26
Iowa State at Tulsa - 6:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1

Thursday, Oct. 3
Texas at Iowa State - 6:30 p.m. - ESPN

Thursday, Nov. 7
Oklahoma at Baylor - 6:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1

Thursday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Texas - 6:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1