Big 12 pregame: Texas wins out by hosting TCU on Thanksgiving

by Berry Tramel Published: November 22, 2012

In the NFL, hosting a Thanksgiving game every year — like Dallas and Detroit — is a huge advantage. It gives those teams an annual 10-day break late in the season, which is beneficial for injury recovery, and it doesn't require a road trip for the short week on the front end.

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.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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