Moving the Red River Shootout didn't make any sense. Other people recommended moving Texas-Texas A&M a week from its normal location on Thanksgiving. Instead, the Longhorns announced Friday that another in-state rivalry will play out on the final Saturday prior to bowl selection.
While Longhorns-Aggies will stay on Thanksgiving Day, Texas and Baylor will clash a week and two days later. Texas's game at Texas A&M will be at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, Nov. 24, and will be shown on ESPN. But that game won't end the regular season. Instead, the Longhorns will attempt to avenge last season's loss to the Bears at either 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 3 on ABC.
Texas and Texas A&M have played on Thanksgiving for each of the last three years. Prior to 2008, the last time the two teams played on Thanksgiving was in 1993. Historically, the game has been played largely on Turkey Day, with the two teams facing off 63 times on Thanksgiving. Texas won 42 of those games. The two teams have played 117 times overall, with Texas holding a 75-37-5 advantage. That lead becomes much more shallow in College Station, with Texas going 24-22-2 on the road.
This year's meeting will allow the series to move into sole possession of third place of the most-played series list in FBS history, past Nebraska-Kansas, whose rivalry ended with the Cornhuskers leaving the Big 12.
Texas and Baylor have played 100 times, with the Longhorns leading the series 73-23-4. Texas leads the series in Waco 29-14-2, and the Longhorns have won 12 of the last 13 meetings. Last season was the aberration.