The Lone Star Conference takes center stage at AT&T Stadium Thursday as the Lone Star Football Festival opens with the first of seven games through Saturday.No. 4 West Texas A&M (1-0) and No. 18 Chadron State (1-0) out of Nebraska take the field at 7 p.m. Thursdayon CBS Sports Network. “It is a shining part of our conference schedule,” LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “It is a first-class event that we are looking forward to in being there for a third year.”On Friday, Sul Ross State meets Eastern New Mexico at 1 p.m., No. 25 Delta State of Mississippi takes on Texas A&M-Commerce at 5 p.m., and Monterrey Tech-Mexico City plays Monterrey Tech-Puebla at 9 p.m.Monterrey Tech will take on Texas A&M-Kingsville at noon Saturday. Monterrey Tech is regarded as the best team in the history of American-style college football in Mexico. “Division II has looked at the possibility of playing teams from Mexico from a long time,” Wagnon said. “What we are trying to do is get a better idea of what we are looking at when playing them.”Tarleton State and 2012 LSC co-champion No. 13 Midwestern State open the season against one another in a conference clash at 4 p.m. Saturday.The Texans knocked off Midwestern State in last season’s opener 20-17, but fell in their Lone Star Festival game to Abilene Christian 34-31. “Any time you can play in the biggest stage in football, you have to be excited about it,” Tarleton State coach Cary Fowler said. “It is a great opportunity.”Tarleton receiver Clifton Rhodes III, a Fort Worth Southwest graduate, is looking forward to the opportunity.“Being from here, playing [at AT&T Stadium] is a wow moment,” Rhodes said. “As I was growing up as a kid and looking at Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders, I said I was going to play on that field someday. I didn’t get a chance to in high school and getting to play there now is awesome.”The festival wraps up with Colorado State-Pueblo playing Angelo State at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Lone Star Festival
Thursday-Saturday, AT&T Stadium
7 p.m. Chadron State vs. West Texas A&M
1 p.m. Sul Ross State vs. Eastern New Mexico
5 p.m.: Delta State vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
9 p.m.: Monterrey Tech Puebla vs. Monterrey Tech Mexico City
Noon Monterrey Tech vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville
4 p.m. Tarleton State vs. Midwestern State
8 p.m. Colorado State-Pueblo vs. Angelo State
Tickets: $25, $10 for students. Three-day tickets are $40 and $15 for students.