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Updated: LSU, TCU working toward Cowboys Classic in ’13

Zach Mettenberger AP

A two-game series between LSU and TCU will reportedly morph into one neutral site game at the beginning of the 2013 season.

Per the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, both sides have agreed to scrap a home-and-home for the 2013 and ’14 seasons for an appearance in the annual Cowboys Stadium Classic in Arlington.

LSU associate athletic director Verge Ausberry confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayne later on Friday that the two sides were working toward a season opener at Cowboys Stadium.

“We’re negotiating toward a game with TCU in Cowboys Stadium but we have nailed it down yet,” said Ausberrry. “It’s going to be a one-game deal, but we’re also looking at doing something with TCU in 2014. We don’t know where yet.”

As the paper points out, scheduling and payout likely played big roles in the reported alteration of the contract. According to the Sports Business Journal, LSU earned $3.5 million from its 2011 game against Oregon in Cowboys Stadium, while TCU banked approximately $1 million to play Oregon State at the NFL stadium in 2010.

It’s easy to see why the modification would be made. The stadium is just a short drive from TCU and LSU has traveled well to the DFW metroplex. With the payout that would come with it, it’s almost a no-brainer.

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17 Responses to “Updated: LSU, TCU working toward Cowboys Classic in ’13”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 14, 2012 7:38 PM

    I am glad that LSU is playing TCU but I wish it still was a “home-and-home for the 2013 and ’14 seasons” since more LSU fans would get to see the game and it would be two games instead of one.

    Having it in Dallas is like TCU’s backyard, but I don’t think that will affect the game. No doubt this is about the payout, and though I understand, I do wish there would be a home-and-home for fans sake. We are scheduled with Oklahoma home-and-home a few years out. Sadly, now that this has been re-arranged, I would think the Oklahoma game will be as well.

    I am still pushing for the scheduling of Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, and several others, all home-and-home. So far, we have seen some great games inter-conference, and we are looking forward to more to come. Currently, we have Idaho tomorrow and Auburn next week so our West SEC schedule known as “The murderer’s row” or “The Gauntlet” begins in earnest soon. It should all be very entertaining.

    Geaux Tigers!

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 14, 2012 7:40 PM

    Great test for both programs, and for Gary Patterson who I think is a Top 5 coach. Right on!

  3. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 14, 2012 8:18 PM

    That’ll be real nice! Now I I have an excuse to go visit the in-laws..
    Geaux Tigers!!!

  4. timh1955 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:33 PM

    Why TCU??? Couldn’t they have gotten a stronger team? The Alabama/Michigan game this year was a great choice. I would have liked to have seen LSU play a much better team than TCU.

  5. frug says: Sep 14, 2012 9:14 PM

    “It’s going to be a one-game deal, but we’re also looking at doing something with TCU in 2014. We don’t know where yet.”

    New Orleans maybe? It would make the series (essentially) a home and home again.

  6. foreverlsu says: Sep 14, 2012 10:06 PM

    TCU has done more than Michigan over the past five years. Not even close.

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 14, 2012 10:12 PM


    You’re correct. However, who would not love a game between Michigan and LSU in the new lights at The Big House and under the very “old” lights at Death Valley, especially after 2014 when the stadium is expanded to 99,000? I love these games in historical context. Also, it would surely drum up talk and interest.

  8. centexhorn says: Sep 14, 2012 11:21 PM

    I don’t get why so many SEC people are obsessed with Michigan. They bore the sh*t out of me. They’re not even a very good program. TCU will be a more competitive game. Let’s not forget that TCU is a Big 12 team now. They’re not a mid-major anymore. They’re one of the big boys.

  9. normtide says: Sep 15, 2012 12:24 AM

    I see your home and home point pats, but these neutral site games are recruiting gold mines. Even for talent rich LSU. Plus, kids love playing at Jerry’s world. And college football fans, like myself, love to watch them.

  10. frug says: Sep 15, 2012 1:02 AM

    As an addendum to my previous post I should add that if there is a game in 2014 in SEC territory I think it is far more likely the game will be in Atlanta than New Orleans.

  11. suprmous says: Sep 15, 2012 3:15 AM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry, so now I know a secret about you: you need an excuse to go see your in-laws,hahaha. One of my bros calls his his out-laws. You 2 should get together and share notes.

    On the game front I’m with southernpatriots and gatorsnapper. There oughta be a way for games to flip flop and still be considered worth doin. Besides as much as I like goin to Texas I’d like to feel like I’m at home (bein in Death Valley) as well. Maybe it’s just me but bein in Death Valley’s comfy like an old t-shirt and pair of jeans every now and then. I know that may sound strange but there’s times I don’t like to think of Jerry Jones lurking in the shadows. After all he’s one of the reasons for the fiasco re Sean Payton. But I won’t go into that. I’m just glad that we get to play TCU cause it’s interestin to see them play ever so often.

    BTW, Happy Weekend Friends.

  12. southernpatriots says: Sep 15, 2012 7:38 AM


    You are quite right about the recruiting bonanza by being the night game at a big venue and Jerry’s World is spectacular, thanks more to the taxpayers of the area than Jerry, but it is spectacular. I still have the penchant for the two games rather than 1 and the night game at Death Valley, the experience of being there is just so extraordinary.

    Tonight, LSU goes for an all time FBS record. A win over Idaho will make LSU the first team in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history to win 40 straight non-conference regular season games. The Tigers are also one victory away from breaking the longest winning streak in Death Valley history, which stands at 19 straight.

    We’ll be cooking for all the folks still out of their homes and/or without electricity today, so some will get to go to the game with Idaho and others will be helping.

  13. weswelkerspornstash says: Sep 15, 2012 9:39 AM

    I went to both schools and was really looking forward to a home and home. That being said SEC fans would be proud of the tailgate atmosphere that TCU has to offer. Ft. Worth is a lot of fun and would be a great host .

    I think I know who I’m pulling for but not sure…

  14. southernpatriots says: Sep 15, 2012 9:44 AM

    Thanks for your post. Only have a second here and typing faster than my brain works but wanted to thank you. When you have been there you understand. I understand the money, the recruiting, but the atmosphere cannot be matched. Absolutely must be experienced, which we have and which you have. Oh well, I think it is all going huge money, huge stadiums, and maybe losing something that can’t be replaced–the ambiance.

    Oops, the need me again, making breakfast for the relief workers here in flooded south Louisiana with still many without power.

  15. gorilladunk says: Sep 15, 2012 9:54 AM

    @southernpatriots….sicne you don’t live in the D/FW area, I’ll take a small opportunity to correct a bit of your flawed thinking. The “Death Star” was built at a cost of 1.2 Billion dollars. The cap on the amount of money that taxpayers who spend money in Arlington had to put up was 325 million. Simple math indicates that the HUGE majority of money was provided, not by the taxpayers, but by Mr. Jones. Thank You

  16. tigersgeaux says: Sep 15, 2012 10:11 AM

    “…To aid Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones in paying the construction costs of the new stadium, Arlington voters approved the increase of the city’s sales tax by 0.5 percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent, and car rental tax by 5 percent. The City of Arlington provided over $325 million (including interest) in bonds as funding.”

    Therefore, gorilladunk, it was not just the $325 Million paid directly by the people of Arlington by its taxpayers, but also the people paid and are still paying .5 percent greater sales taxes, and the people paid and are still paying a high hotel tax of 2 percent and the people paid and are still paying a car rental tax of 5 percent.

    Since it is the only NFL stadium WITHOUT mass or public transportation, rental cars and taxis must be taken from the airports. Locals and visitors pay these higher taxes which go to defray the construction costs of the stadium. Experts estimate that the tax payers will contribute far more than Jerry Jones when all the taxes are collected and paid and all the bonds are retired.

  17. metroplexfrog says: Sep 16, 2012 4:21 PM

    I wish it was a home and home but it wasn’t meant to be. Everyone know LSU would not have come to Fort Worth in ’14, so it’s best to just play one game.

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