The Ole Miss Rebels and the Texas Tech Red Raiders have verbally agreed to a 2018 football game in Houston, according to a report by ESPN.
Texas Tech, Ole Miss have agreed to open 2018 season in Houston, sources told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 11, 2016
The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game would be played on the opening weekend of the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Texas Tech would be the first announced non-conference game for the Ole Miss Rebels for the 2018 season. It would also satisfy their strength of schedule mandate, which stipulates that each SEC team play at least one non-conference game against a Power Five team every season.
The Big 12 also has a similar strength of schedule requirement, and Ole Miss would fulfill that requirement for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech is currently scheduled to open the 2018 season at home against Missouri State and hosts Houston two weeks later on Sept. 15. In order to play Ole Miss, the Red Raiders will likely move the Missouri State game to Sept. 8 or 22.
Ole Miss and Texas Tech first met in 1986 and have squared off five times. The Rebels won the most recent meeting 47-34 in the 2009 Cotton Bowl to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Ole Miss is also slated to face Baylor in Houston to open the season in 2020, although that game has not officially been announced yet.