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Texas Longhorns among six Big 12 team who will play Thursday night games in 2013

Jerome Miron: USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 conference announced this morning that a half of the member teams, including the Texas Longhorns, will be playing some of their games on Thursday night this upcoming season.

The Longhorns will travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday, October 3. Additionally, Texas will participate in their annual Thanksgiving night game, but this year they will be hosting a new Thanksgiving opponent, the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

One benefit of playing the Cylcones on Thursday this season is that it gives the Longhorns ten days before their Red River Rivarly game in Dallas vs. instead of just seven days.

The other conference games slated for Thursday night’s this fall are the TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech in Lubbock on September 12 and the Oklahoma Sooners vs. the Baylor Bears in Waco on November 7.

As a fan, with the exception of Thanksgiving night, I am not in favor of Thursday night college football games. For one, it makes traveling to these games nearly impossible because most fans cannot afford to miss that many days of work. Secondly, as student athletes, it causes football players to miss even more time in school.

On the other hand, in recent history, Thursday night games have been some of the best games for television. With very few games being played mid-week, the games usually draw a wide viewing audience. One can assume that this change in scheduling is a way for the Big 12 conference to increase their viewership on a larger stage. Also, in recent years we’ve seen some amazing upsets take place on Thursdays evenings, which always makes for interesting football.

Game times and broadcasts schedules for these games have not yet been set.