But in college football, those factors don't come into play. Both TCU and Texas were off last week, and UT and Tech will be off next year the week before Thanksgiving.
TCU coach Gary Patterson is glad to be a holiday guest of the Longhorns.
“I've been watching the A&M-Texas game forever,” said Patterson. “For TCU to be part of that game is what we wanted it to be.”
TCU hasn't played a Thanksgiving game since 1928. But the Frogs, only one year removed from the low profile of the Mountain West Conference and less than 20 years removed from being left behind in the dissolution of the Southwest Conference, join Texas in having the college football stage to themselves on Thanksgiving night.