Thursday night lights?
The Longhorns will play under them twice during the 2013 football season, the Big 12 Conference announced Thursday.
Texas will visit Iowa State on Oct. 3, then host Texas Tech on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 28.
Both games will be televised either on Fox Sports or an ESPN platform. Starting times also will be determined later.
Scheduling two Thursday games in the same season isn’t unprecedented for the Longhorns, although it’s been awhile. The last time it occurred was in 1993, when in addition to the traditional Thanksgiving game against Texas A&M — an 18-9 Aggies’ victory in College Station — Texas won a 34-16 Southwest Conference game at Houston on Nov. 4.
While non-Thanksgiving games on Thursday have been rare for the Longhorns, the upcoming date at Iowa State could come at a good time in their schedule.
Texas has a bye the previous Saturday after hosting Kansas State on Sept. 21. But perhaps more importantly, the Thursday game at Iowa State gives the Longhorns two extra days to prepare for what looms as the most important game of their season — the Oct. 12 showdown with Oklahoma in Dallas.
Considering Texas has lost its last three games to the Sooners by an average score of 49-19, it would seem the more preparation time, the better.
The Longhorns also have a bye the weekend before the Thanksgiving game with Tech. Their previous game is a Nov. 16 home date with Oklahoma State.
Other Big 12 games on Thursday nights will be TCU at Texas Tech on Sept. 12 and Oklahoma at Baylor on Nov. 7. Kansas State will open the season on a Friday night, Aug. 30, by hosting North Dakota State.
Aug. 31;Texas vs. New Mexico St.;DKR
Sept. 7;Texas at BYU;Provo, UT
Sept. 14;Texas vs. Ole Miss;DKR
Sept. 21;Texas vs. Kansas St.;DKR*
Oct. 3;Texas at Iowa State*;Ames, IA
Oct. 12;Texas vs. Oklahoma*;Dallas
Oct. 26;Texas at TCU*;Fort Worth
Nov. 2;Texas vs. Kansas*;DKR
Nov. 9;Texas at West Virginia;Morgantown, W.V.
Nov. 16;Texas vs. Oklahoma St.;DKR
Nov. 28;Texas vs. Texas Tech*;DKR
Dec. 7;Texas at Baylor*;Waco
* Big 12 game