Texas coach Charlie Strong walks the sidelines against Baylor at McLane Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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Texas no longer playing on Thanksgiving in 2016

Posted February 5th, 2016

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Texas announced on Friday that it has moved back its Thanksgiving football home game against TCU to the following day, Nov. 25. A time was not announced for the 2016 regular season finale, but Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said today that he’s been told it will be an afternoon kickoff, before 5 p.m.

This is a big decision for Texas, which has played on Thanksgiving every year since facing Texas A&M the day after Thanksgiving in 2007.

Instead of being the Big 12’s only Thanksgiving game, Texas-TCU will now compete against a Friday matchup in Arlington between Texas Tech and Baylor.

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Poor TV ratings may have resulted in the switch. For instance, in 2014, a game on ESPN between LSU and Texas A&M drew more than double the viewers than that of Texas’ loss to TCU.

Last year, Texas lost to Texas Tech on Thanksgiving, 48-45.

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