The Return of the Lone Star Showdown: Thoughts From a Current Texas Student

From 1894 to 2011 as the world gathered with their families on Thanksgiving Day, the titans of Texas college football blessed fans of the sport with several classic rivalry moments. Known as The Lone Star Showdown, this was the annual Thanksgiving football game between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. The tradition, unfortunately, came to an end in 2011 when the Aggies moved to the Southeastern Conference, meaning they could no longer fall to the Longhorns (coming from a Longhorn).

The Lone Star Showdown is Back

However, starting in 2024 the Horns and the Aggies will finally see each other on the gridiron again in College Station as a result of both Texas and Oklahoma joining the revamped Southeastern Conference. While we wait for the announcement of the date for this coveted matchup, we do know it will be at some point in the 2024 season. While I, a Texas student and diehard Horns sports fan, am beyond excited about the return of this rivalry, I also think I speak for all college football fans when I say this is one of the most exciting rivalries in all of sports.

The last iteration of the contest saw the Longhorns dramatically beat the Aggies on a game-winning field goal as time expired, courtesy of Justin Tucker. Ever since this game, Aggies across the country have had a bad taste in their mouth and Longhorn fans, like myself, have missed the rivalry we can always hold against the Aggies.

image via Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle

While we can assume that the tickets for the 2024 game will most likely be extremely hard to come by and cost a pretty penny, we can also look forward to the entire state of Texas tuning in to watch the longtime rivals go at it once again.

The Lone Star Showdown is back. Longhorns. Aggies. Kyle Field. 2024. Something all college football fans around the country can get excited about. I know I can’t wait.

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