COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Football Team’s season opener is underway: the Tigers will host Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Sept. 1 instead of the original Saturday kickoff scheduled for Sept. 3. The game will start at 7 p.m. on ESPNU, the SEC announced on Friday.
“Opening 2022 in front of a national prime-time TV audience on ESPNU is a great way to kick off the football season,” said Mizzou Sports Director Desireé Reed-Francois. “Fans can visit Columbia on Thursday night and join us in creating another memorable experience for our student-athletes before enjoying the Labor Day long weekend. We want to give our Tigers every opportunity to succeed and will benefit from having an earlier report date and additional training days leading up to our road opening at Kansas State on September 10th.
“What an exciting way to start the season and Labor Day weekend,” Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “We look forward to a strong fan and student turnout for a nationally televised game under the lights of Faurot Field.”
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Also, as is tradition, Mizzou’s regular season finale against Arkansas in Colombia will move to Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving and will air on CBS.
Mizzou added Louisiana Tech to the schedule in January, replacing what would have been a season-opening road game at Middle Tennessee. This will be Mizzou’s first regular season game on Thursday since a 2015 home loss to Mississippi State.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Missouri and Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech freshman coach Sonny Cumbie returned to the program this offseason after more than a decade as an offensive assistant at TCU and Texas Tech. Louisiana Tech canceled a game at Baylor to make way for the trip to Mizzou. Mizzou is paying Louisiana Tech $500,000 to play at Columbia, MU confirmed in January.
Additionally, the SEC announced that Tennessee’s home game against Ball State will move to September 3-1 with a 6 p.m. kickoff on SEC Network.