KB over at the AAS recently confirmed that TCU will be playing in Austin on Thanksgiving Day later this year. In the same article, he reported that Mack Brown wants an annual Thanksgiving Day home game and is keen on having Texas Tech play in the 2013 edition.
So I got to wondering, how would that work exactly? Clearly the same team wouldn't agree to play in Austin every year, meaning the opponent would have to rotate. Is Mack hinting that the rotation would be TCU and Tech only? Or would we cycle through Big XII opponents? Imagine this:
- 2012 - TCU
- 2013 - Tech
- 2014 - Baylor
- 2015 - OSU
- 2016 - WVU (ND also on the schedule this year)
- 2017 - KU
- 2018 - ISU (USC also on the schedule this year)
- 2019 - KSU (ND also on the schedule this year)
Each team listed is already scheduled to play in Austin in the year shown. Other than TCU, which is already scheduled for this year's game, the order of teams is totally arbitrary (except ND and USC, which are scheduled to play in Austin in the years shown).
Personally, I'd swap WVU and Tech; let's get WVU here while they're still shiny and new, and give Tech a few more years to improve their game. Other than that, I don't think I have any preference on order of appearance. And I have to wonder if UT would move a premier non-conference game to Thanksgiving Day (I'm looking at you, Notre Dame and USC)?