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Alleva: LSU To Face Texas A&M, Not Arkansas, In Future Thanksgiving Games

It appears the usual post-Thanksgiving cochon de lait will be replaced by a bonfire battle.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva made public plans for Arkansas to be replaced as the Tigers' traditional Thanksgiving weekend football foe by SEC newcomers Texas A&M. Here's more from The Baton Rouge Advocate:

Alleva said he expects that new SEC member and longtime LSU rival Texas A&M will become the Tigers' season-ending opponent, filling a slot on the Tigers' schedule that has been occupied by Arkansas since the Razorbacks joined the conference in 1992.

LSU will play at Arkansas to end the season this year and probably next, with the switch likely coming in 2014, Alleva said.

LSU plays at Texas A&M on Oct. 20 this season. Starting in 2014, the Arkansas game will likely occupy a similar midseason slot on the Tigers' schedule, Alleva said.

"Arkansas will be in the middle somewhere," he said.

In 1992, LSU and Arkansas began playing yearly when thr latter joined the Southeastern Conference after leaving the Southwest Conference. The SEC West rivals played each other four times in conference play before the introduction of the Golden Boot trophy in 1996. 

For 15 of the last 17 years, the Tigers and Razorbacks have met on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The other two contests occurred the Saturday following Turkey Day.

Now it appears the Aggies, who appears to have lost their yearly Thanksgiving weekend rivaly with former conference mate Texas, will move into the Razorbacks' old spot on LSU's schedule.

Arkansas is expected to meet border school Missouri, the new SEC East addition, as a crossover rival. Like Texas, Kansas has expressed no interest in continuing its traditional season-ending rivaly contest with a conference defector, in this case Mizzou.

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Rivalries replaced: Conference realignment in the FBS

 
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