Rivalry Reborn

TCU comes to Big 12 with some familiar foes with old Southwest Conference ties.

Rivalry, History and Tradition.

These were the three things that everyone thought we were losing when Texas A&M announced its intentions to head to the SEC next season.

That is true when it comes to the Aggies in the Big 12.

With that in mind, and the future of the Big 12 at stake, expansion teams started to be discussed and the one that came up was TCU.

Talking bout rivalries, TCU would be the perfect replacement considering the Horned Frogs were in the Southwest Conference before being forced into the Mountain West Conference in 1996 with the formation of the Big 12.

The Horned Frogs time of not playing old rivals ended on Monday when TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 in an evening press conference on campus making it official.

TCU has the first chance since the Big 12 was formed in 1996 to face former Southwest Conference foes like Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech.

When looking at all these rivalries that were created during the 82-year existence of the Tech vs. TCU rivalry is interesting in itself.

The Red Raiders played the Horned Frogs many times before becoming a member of the Southwest Conference in 1958.

One year after Texas Tech, then Texas Technological College, opened its doors the Red Raiders faced TCU losing 28-16 in the first meeting.

TCU rattled off four consecutive wins from 1926-1930 before not playing Tech until 1936 again.

In that meeting the Red Raiders won 7-0, notching their first win against the Horned Frogs in program history, and more history was made that night as well.

Following that victory, the Victory Bells rang for the first time, and the Saddle Tramps rang them all night long keeping the citizens of Lubbock up.

Games between the two squads weren't always decided by the final horn.

Tech and TCU tied three times in '79, '81, and '83, which was the final time a Tech game ended in a tie.

Before the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1995, Tech took the final game from TCU winning 27-6.

Despite not being in the same conference as Tech, the two squads met two times since the conference breakup.

In 2004, Tech blasted TCU 70-35 in Lubbock, but in 2006 TCU got its revenge in Fort Worth with a 12-3 victory.

So the next chapter of this rivalry is about to be written, Tech leads the all-time series 27-23-3, and the Red Raiders and Horned Frogs will meet for the first time as conference foes next season.

So the Aggies are leaving for the SEC, but the Big 12 has gone purple again grabbing an old friend to keep the future of the conference in tact – TCU.

Let the games begin.

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