Texas A&M’s 2014 slate includes Thanksgiving game against LSU

Posted Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
More information Texas A&M 2014 SEC football schedule
Aug. 28at South Carolina
Sept. 27vs. Arkansas*
Oct. 4at Miss. State
Oct. 11vs. Ole Miss
Oct. 18at Alabama
Nov. 8at Auburn
Nov. 15vs. Missouri
Nov. 27vs. LSU
*AT&T Stadium

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Texas A&M’s 2014 football schedule will feature several unique firsts, including two Thursday games against Southeastern Conference opponents to bookend the season.

The Aggies’ regular-season finale will be a Thanksgiving game in College Station against LSU. A&M will open Aug. 28 at South Carolina, a Thursday night contest that will mark the first telecast by the new SEC Network that launches next year in conjunction with ESPN.

A&M also will play its first neutral-site conference game during its SEC era, meeting Arkansas on Sept. 27 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The announcements Wednesday came in conjunction with the league’s release of the 2014 SEC schedule. A&M has not completed the nonconference portion of next year’s schedule but an announcement is expected soon.

In terms of 2014 conference games, the Aggies will have three home dates against Mississippi (Oct. 11), Missouri (Nov. 15) and LSU (Nov. 27). The road schedule includes games at South Carolina (Aug. 28), at Mississippi State (Oct. 4), at Alabama (Oct. 18) and at Auburn (Nov. 8).

The neutral-site matchup against Arkansas marks the return of that game to Arlington after a two-year hiatus. The teams have played three of a scheduled 10 games at the facility under an agreement that began with the 2009 game.

The matchup against LSU marks the first time for the Aggies to play a Thanksgiving Day game against an opponent other than Texas.

The game has not been assigned a kickoff time but could emerge as an ESPN national telecast. Regardless of start time, athletic director Eric Hyman said school officials are happy with the opportunity to cap the season against an SEC rival in a high-profile setting.

“Texas A&M and LSU … has all the trappings of a great rivalry,” Hyman said in a statement. “Passionate fan bases, bordering states, close proximity, unmatched traditions and history. College football’s rivalry weekend is the perfect home for the Aggies and Tigers.”

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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