SEC Football: Why Texas A&M and LSU Are Perfect for Thanksgiving Weekend Matchup

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJune 7, 2012

Texas A&M and LSU met in the 2011 Cotton Bowl following the 2010 season
Texas A&M and LSU met in the 2011 Cotton Bowl following the 2010 seasonChris Graythen/Getty Images

The debate on the future of the SEC schedule has dominated offseason headlines, and one former SEC head coach stirred the pot on Wednesday.

Former Mississippi State and Texas A&M head coach Jackie Sherrill was a guest on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Wednesday, and mentioned (11:45 mark) that there have been discussions that Texas A&M and LSU could move to Thanksgiving night on future SEC schedules (h/t Ben Kercheval of

Sherrill didn't specify whether he meant in 2012, but the SEC updated its composite schedule on Wednesday, and Arkansas is still slated to host LSU the day after Thanksgiving. That's not likely to change.

The rumor of moving the game to the final weekend of the season isn't new.

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva spoke of it as fact last month in an article by Scott Rabalais in the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate. 

The SEC hasn't finalized it's schedule beyond 2012 other than that it will be the 6-1-1 format. If LSU and Texas A&M meet on Thanksgiving night in 2013 and beyond, it'd be an awesome matchup.

Texas A&M needs to develop a rivalry within the SEC, and LSU is the obvious option. College Station, Texas and Baton Rouge, La. are separated by 316 miles, the two have met 50 times on the gridiron and routinely meet on the recruiting trail. 

The LSU vs. Arkansas game has traditionally been held on the last week of the season, but Arkansas now has its own natural border rival with cross-division foe Missouri. I'd miss LSU and Arkansas playing to close out the season because that game usually is exciting, but the two will still play during the regular season. 

Moving it in order to make way for other, new SEC rivalries is a necessary product of expansion.

Kevin Sumlin's "Air Raid" offense at Texas A&M vs. LSU's stingy defense to close out Thanksgiving Day festivities?

Yes, please.