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Big 12's Thursday night games could bridge the hype gap with SEC

SEC vs. BIG 12 CULTURE — The Big 12 will have four games on Thursday night's this season. The move will help the Big 12 get some of the exposure that has been heaped onto the SEC.
by Jason Kersey Modified: August 28, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

Watch because ... This clash opens conference play for both squads and will be TCU star defensive end Devonte Fields' first game of the season. He's been suspended for the Horned Frogs' first two games. The game also represents Kliff Kingsbury's first conference game as the Red Raiders' head coach.

TEXAS AT IOWA STATE

When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3

TV: ESPN (Cox 29/HD 720, Dish 140, DirecTV 206, U-verse 602)

Watch because ... The Red River Rivalry is nine days after this game, allowing Sooner fans hoping to get an early read on the Longhorns to watch Thursday night, and then focus all their attention two days later on Oklahoma's important home game against TCU.

OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR

When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7

TV: Fox Sports 1 (Cox 67/HD 728, Dish 150, DirecTV 607, U-verse 652)

Watch because ... The Sooners' last trip to Waco, Texas, resulted in their first-ever loss to Baylor, a 45-38 shootout that vaulted Robert Griffin III to the top of that year's Heisman Trophy balloting. OU struggled some with the Bears' high-powered offense again last year, so this game could turn into another points-fest.

TEXAS TECH AT TEXAS

When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 28

TV: Fox Sports 1 (Cox 67/HD 728, Dish 150, DirecTV 607, U-verse 652)

Watch because ... The Longhorns used to play Texas A&M each Thanksgiving Day before the Aggies bolted for the SEC. Last season, Texas hosted TCU on Turkey Day and got beat.