Dallas Colleges: Thanksgiving
It's the first time TCU has played on Thanksgiving since a 15-6 win at SMU on Nov. 29, 1928.
The matchup also marks the first time the Longhorns and Horned Frogs have faced off since 2007 and it's just the second time since the end of the Southwest Conference following the 1995 season.
The Dallas Cowboys will kick off the festivities with their annual Thanksgiving Day game, and negotiations on two fronts are in the works to bring two college football games to Arlington.
Texas Tech and Baylor hope to soon finalize their Big 12 Conference game at Cowboys Stadium for Saturday, Nov. 26. Those two teams played in North Texas the last two seasons, at Cowboys Stadium in 2009 and at the Cotton Bowl last season.
On Friday, Nov. 25, how about TCU vs. BYU?
Th0se two schools, no longer Mountain West Conference rivals now that BYU has gone independent, are in negotiations to play a non-conference game at Cowboys Stadium, according to two sources. The Thanksgiving date is not a firm one, but one that makes sense. The Frogs initially offered to play Tech at JerryWorld after the Red Raiders last week dropped TCU from the 2011 schedule. Tech didn't take the offer, likely because it was already negotiating to play Baylor there. Two games in one season at The Big Yard is unnecessary.
A TCU-Tech mathup would have been played in September. However, BYU's 12-game 2011 schedule is booked through Oct. 29, the first of two bye weeks. The other bye week is Nov. 26. Because of a provision that allows teams that travel to Hawaii, which BYU does, to add a 13th game, the Cougars' Thanksgiving bye is rather convenient.
TCU has just two non-conference games scheduled (at Baylor, Sept. 3; vs. SMU, Oct. 1) and would have flexibility within its Moutain West Conference schedule, which won't be set for likely another month, to play BYU at Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Friday. That matchup would seem a perfect fit for ESPN, which struck a deal with BYU once it left the MWC.
Kickoff will be 6:30 p.m. at Stillwater, Okla. The game originally had been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2.
"We look forward to the matchup with Oklahoma State and we appreciate ESPN and the Big 12 Conference moving the game to Thursday night for prime time,” Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said in a statement. “The Big 12 South is one of the strongest divisions in all of college football and it is appropriate to highlight these matchups on a national scale.”
It will be the Aggies' second Thursday ESPN game of the 2010 season. A&M also will play at Texas at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 25).
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