Every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, I have always watched the Texas Longhorns take on the Texas A&M Aggies. With the magic of conference realignment and some strong words from both of the parties involved, this is no longer going to be a tradition. Insert the TCU Horned Frogs to take the Ags place as the Longhorns new Thanksgiving Day game.
The Frogs, who many thought would be toast after all the preseason and in-season shenanigans from the team, have done ok (6-4) in their first season in the Big XII.
Frogs head coach, Gary Patterson voiced his concerns this week on the way the schedule for this season has played out, commenting that 3 teams were scheduled a bye before they played his team. TCU had their first bye week in week 1.
That’s one thing we’re discussing with the schedule. One of the schedules I looked at, three guys had bye weeks before us next year and we still have nonconference opponents, which, to me, isn’t the right way to do things. You don’t want somebody to have two weeks to prepare for you and get healthier.
Not sure there was really a way around this considering the Big XII only has 10 teams and TCU had to fill a schedule of a team who had departed to greener pastures. But he isn’t complaining about getting an extra week to prepare for the resurging Longhorns.
Patterson said they were going to take only one day off in preparation for the Horns and get back to practice like they aren’t on bye. If his plan will work or not, we will see on Thursday.
The old Southwest Conference rivals meeting again is a perfect way to end a Thanksgiving Day, if you ask me. Out with the old and in with the new…tradition.