The celebration began early Saturday morning for tailgaters on the Texas Tech campus. Wood was piled into smokers, ribs were prepped and drinks were mixed as anticipation for the rivalry game against Texas reached fever pitch.
With Texas A&M out of the conference, many fans feel like UT is the biggest rivalry game in the state.
Texas Tech fan Jeff Connor lives in a divided house and said that a happy holiday season depends on who wins this game.
"I have family that went to Texas - about half to Texas half to Tech - so whoever wins has a good Thanksgiving and whoever loses has a terrible Thanksgiving. That's why there's a little extra passion for this one. I had bragging rights for one year in '08 and since then it's been awful," Connor said.
Another tailgater, Dennis Bragg, has only missed two Texas versus Texas Tech games since 1976 - a tradition that has become a family reunion of sorts.
"Often we have our whole family and friends out here. My aunt and uncle live in Austin, so we have a meeting in Austin one year, meeting in Lubbock the next," Bragg said.
"It's the biggest game of the year as far as I'm concerned. It always has been to me, so yeah it's a lot of fun," Bragg said.
Texas Tech alumni Dean Miller and his college friends have made it a tradition to come back to Lubbock every year for the big rivalry game. He says there is no better spot for tailgating than at Texas Tech.
"It's the people here. People in Lubbock are the best. We went to school here, lived here, worked here for years and you can't find friendlier people around here. It's the community. It's the people you hang out with that make these tailgates the best."
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