FORT WORTH, Texas — The sixth renewal of the Big 12 blood feud between TCU and Baylor will take place Friday.
But it will be the first time the Texada brothers have hooked up in what recently has become a full-on family feud.
TCU senior cornerback Ranthony Texada will be playing against his younger brother, Raleigh, when the Bears and Horned Frogs meet at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. The Baylor redshirt freshman also plays cornerback.
Family conversations slack off leading up to game
Though all in good spirits, the Texada brothers won’t be hearing much from each other this week leading up to the game.
“We haven’t talked to each other since Saturday,” Ranthony said.
Both played football at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, before heading to college. Five years after Ranthony graduated from Centennial, the Texada brothers sit on opposite sides of one of the most heated rivalries in college football.
The circumstances, however, haven’t kept the two from remaining as close as they were before their college playing days — even if it means some good-natured banter on rivalry week.
“We talk every week about life … to check in on him and make sure he’s doing alright,” Ranthony said. “He’s been through a lot at Baylor already coming off an injury. He’s played the last few games and I’m happy for him.”
Raleigh sustained an injury during preseason practice and underwent surgery. He made his playing debut against Texas Tech on Nov. 11.
The friends-turned-foes atmosphere in the Baylor-TCU game is nothing new. Texada said the game always seems to reunite high school teammates on opposite sides of the field, given the 86 miles and recruiting overlap between the two schools.
First and last ‘Texada Bowl’
The 2017 meeting will serve as the first and the last time that Texada family will be divided — at least with both brothers on the same field.
TCU leads Baylor 3-2 since they have been Big 12 rivals. The Horned Frogs have prevailed in the previous two meetings — including a 62-22 beatdown in Waco last season that was their largest margin of victory in the 106-game history of the series.