With the Texas A&M Aggies off to the SEC and no longer on the schedule, the Texas Longhorns will face off against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving for the second time.
When the Horned Frogs were just joining the conference in 2012, head coach Gary Patterson and his team came to Austin and emerged with an ugly and hard-fought 20-13 win over the No. 18 Longhorns. TCU entered the game unranked.
This year, the Horned Frogs feature a typically strong defense under Patterson (No. 8 nationally in F/+) and a much-improved offense to go against an improving but inconsistent Longhorns offense (No. 81 in F/+) and a defense that has been playing at a high level over the last several games.
The Longhorns lead the head-to-head match up with TCU 62-21-1 and first played the Horned Frogs in 1897.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 6:30 p.m. CT
TV: FOX Sports 1
Radio: Longhorn Radio Network
Online streaming: FOX Sports GO
Rankings and records: TCU is 9-1 and ranked No. 4 by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Texas is 6-5 and unranked.
Weather forecast: The weather will be 54 degrees and clear with a breeze of four miles per hour at kickoff, with the temperature dropping to 46 degrees by the end of the game.
Two things at stake
TCU is playing for a possible trip to the first-ever College Football Playoffs, but sits just outside the top four at No. 5 and needs two victories to close out the season to have to chance to crack the top group.
Texas could add another significant win to its resume and build momentum for the bowl game by securing a four-game winning streak and season-defining upset, not to mention the opportunity to ruin TCU's dream season.
One big matchup
TCU offense vs. Texas defense: The Horned Frogs enter the game with the No. 14 offense nationally in the F/+ rankings and feature one of the top quarterbacks in the country in junior Trevone Boykin. Now running an Air Raid offense, TCU has put up 50 or more points three times this season to rank second in scoring offense while producing 30 plays of 30 or more yards (tied for 18th nationally).
Meanwhile, the Longhorns have the No. 19 defense in the F/+ rankings and have been steadily improving, holding the Cowboys to 192 total yards and only 34 yards on the ground, led by a group of seniors that includes cornerback Quandre Diggs, linebackers Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond, and defensive end Cedric Reed. The defense has excelled at avoiding big plays, as the Texas is one of only two teams not to give up a pass play of 40 or more yards this season (Georgia.) On the season, the group has given up only nine touchdowns passers, with the lone conversion in the last four games a touchdown pass by Oklahoma State late in the game in Stillwater.
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