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No Texas Tech-TCU game in 2011

Texas Tech and TCU canceled a game in 2010, and did it again for next year's game, according to a report from ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan.

The move is part of a Texas Tech effort to trim its nonconference schedule from four games to three games to accommodate the Big 12's nine-game, round-robin conference schedule beginning in 2011.

Texas Tech kept games with New Mexico and Nevada, but is still seeking an opponent for Sept. 3, preferably a road opponent, according to a source.

From the report:

A source close to TCU said the school offered to relocate the game to Cowboys Stadium from Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is undergoing a $105 million renovation, but Tech declined. ... A source close to Texas Tech said the Red Raiders are looking to push back any game vs. TCU a few years, but TCU is unaware of any attempt to re-schedule in the future. The source, however, said TCU would be open to doing so.

Last season's scheduled matchup in Lubbock was canceled when ESPN wanted to televise the Tech-Texas game on the same date. ESPN then worked to set up TCU's season-opener against Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium.

The TCU source said athletic administrators have expressed dissatisfaction at being notified of the cancellation this late because it will be difficult to fill the vacancy and nearly impossible to schedule a high-profile opponent, which is important considering BCS rankings.

TCU certainly has a right to be angry or at least frustrated in this case. Unlike Texas Tech, the Horned Frogs are in a serious hunt for a national championship, but teams like TCU and Boise State require elite nonconference schedules to garner any serious consideration. Finding a high-profile opponent in under eight months will be a difficult task for the Horned Frogs, but they'll have to make an attempt.

Baylor is still scheduled to host TCU on Sept. 3.

The Horned Frogs played Oregon State, Baylor and Tennessee Tech in nonconference last year after the game with Texas Tech was canceled. TCU went on to a 13-0 season capped by a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin and a No. 2 final ranking in the BCS.