Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com is reporting (and that's a dubious enough statement, so take this for what it's worth) Texas Tech will replace Texas A&M as the University of Texas' Thanksgiving opponent, likely ending what small chances remained for A&M and UT to find a way to continue a classic rivalry game dating back to 1894. The A&M / Texas series is tied for third all-time with 117 meetings among FBS rivalries. Texas leads the all-time series 75-37-5.
If Brown's report is true, this is a huge boost for Tech, long the third wheel of the biggest public state universities in Texas, and the logical replacement for A&M as the Aggies move to the SEC. Maintaining an annual out-of-conference in-state rivalry as a SEC member is far from unheard of: Florida (Florida State), Georgia (Georgia Tech) and South Carolina (Clemson) have long standing contracts with ACC teams, while Kentucky and Louisville have committed to a long term deal as well (usually in September each year).
But like all things, this is Texas, and a level of complicating bravado and showmanship from both the Aggies and Longhorns in the wake A&M departure from the Big 12 have all but destroyed the potential for this series to continue.