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Texas vs. TCU on Thanksgiving: A&M tradition officially over

The Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies--they went together on Thanksgiving Day like turkey and gravy.

Last Thanksgiving was the last time the two teams met before the Aggies bolted for the SEC.

Fans at watch parties saw the end of a rivalry that spans 118 games.

"My father and my sister both went to UT and we have this big rivalry on Thanksgiving Day,” Aggie fan Robert Cook said. “It's me vs. them and I'm kind of sad it may be the last game."

Longhorn fan David Rodriguez sang a different tune.

"You know, that doesn't really bother me,” David said. “All I want to do is win and we can get a higher ranking."

That was then and this is now. Marcus Walther is the president of the Dallas Longhorn Club—he said the rivalry ended because A&M decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC.

"A&M chose to go a separate way and life goes on,” Marcus said. “You know it doesn't revolve around, football doesn't revolve around A&M."

Marcus is eager to see the Longhorns and Frogs on Thanksgiving night--it will be TCU’s first appearance on the holiday since 1928.

"Whoever steps in and fills that spot in the schedule,” Marcus said. “That's how we look at it."

Meanwhile a few miles away Dallas A&M Club Coordinator Scott Schueler said if moving to the SEC means losing the rivalry--and Thanksgiving tradition--it's like trading up.

"We're playing LSU at home, we're playing Florida at home tomorrow,” Scott continued. “We're playing Arkansas at home; we're playing Mizzu at home."

In other words the SEC is full of the who's who' of college football and the Aggies won't play Texas for the first time since 1914.

"I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the Longhorns have going on anymore,” Scott said. “As far as I'm concerned good riddance."

Those sound like fighting words and nobody knows when Texas and Texas A&M will be able to settle the score.

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