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


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.


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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