LSU and TCU Will Reportedly Open 2013 Season at Cowboys Stadium
Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram broke the news.
According to Stevenson, two major reasons were given as to why this game will take place, the first of which was the desire of both coaches to make this event happen:
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.
Stevenson also made it clear that money played a role in this decision:
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.
Per Stevenson, the Tigers and Horned Frogs were scheduled to take part in a home-and-home for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but that will become a wash with this game to be played at the start of next season.
The 2012 version of this game was a matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan Wolverines. For those expecting a competitive game, things didn't go as planned, as the Crimson Tide steamrolled the Wolverines, 41-14.
That matchup of two Top 10 teams was supposed to be an intriguing one, but in the end, it looked like more of a matchup of men versus boys.
TCU and LSU could see the same fate.
The Horned Frogs are currently ranked No. 16 in the nation, while the Tigers are No. 3. Although TCU is always guaranteed to have a strong squad, LSU is a perennial collegiate-football powerhouse with an elite defense.
A smaller school like TCU will have its hands full with LSU in this game, no matter where the respective paths of these two teams take them in 2012.
But on the flip side, this will be great exposure for TCU.
On a national stage, the Horned Frogs will have the world watching them, and that couldn't be a better prospect for players with NFL hopes—not to mention the potential for the school to make some extra money.
And it certainly wouldn't hurt the high school recruiting process, either.
LSU doesn't need the exposure or the money, but it certainly couldn't hurt the Tigers in any case.
This is a win-win for both teams.
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