TCU will open the 2013 season against LSU in the Cowboys Stadium Classic, multiple sources close to the negotiations said.
The Horned Frogs and Tigers were set to play a home and home series in 2013 and 2014. This new deal scratches the second meeting.
Both coaches probably liked the idea of cutting the deal for one game in a neutral site instead of adding another Top 20 opponent to their already tough conference schedules. Cowboys Stadium is 20 miles from the TCU campus, but LSU fans travel well to North Texas, including the Cowboys Stadium Classic in 2011 when the Tigers beat Oregon.
Money was also likely a big factor. LSU earned $3.5 million and Oregon earned $2 million from the 2011 game according to the Sports Business Journal. Alabama and Michigan shared $9.4 million for playing in the Sept. 1 edition in front of 90,413. The series started with Oklahoma and BYU in September 2009. TCU opened the 2010 season with a win over Oregon State in the series. The Frogs received approximately $1 million for their participation. TCU also played BYU in the stadium last October.
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