Breaking down Texas' 2013 schedule

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas will once again be at home for Thanksgiving in 2013.

And once again the opponent will be different.

Texas Tech is scheduled to visit Austin on Nov. 28 in 2013. This year Texas will play host to TCU on Thanksgiving. In 64 of the 66 seasons prior to 2012, Texas A&M had filled that spot.

That’s not the only dramatic change on the Longhorns’ 2013 schedule, which was released by the Big 12 Tuesday. Texas will be headed to West Virginia for a Nov. 9 game and to TCU for a game on Oct. 26. The Longhorns have never played in Morgantown and have not played at TCU since 1994.

Oh yeah and the Red River Rivalry is set for Oct. 12. Undoubtedly coach Mack Brown has already got that date circled. It was just Monday that the Texas coach talked about the back-to-back losses to the Sooners.

"We have played very poorly against (OU) the last two years and we have got to go back and look at why," Brown said. "That is not on players. It is on coaches if it is two years in a row. It's on me."

Texas will be coming off a road trip at Iowa State when it goes into the Cotton Bowl to face Oklahoma. Those two games are bracketed with bye weeks for Texas, which could serve the Longhorns well. Oklahoma has to play at Notre Dame and against TCU in the two weeks leading up the Dallas game.

The toughest stretch for Texas could be from Oct. 26 through Nov. 16. Texas will play four consecutive weeks with road games at TCU (Oct. 26) and West Virginia (Nov. 9) and home games against Kansas (Nov. 2) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 16).

The Longhorns have a bye before the Thanksgiving game against Tech and finish the season at Baylor.

Texas will open Big 12 play with a home game against Kansas State on Sept. 21. That game comes after three nonconference games, the toughest of which appears to be a trip to BYU on Sept. 7.

The season opens against New Mexico State at home on Aug 31.