It's a sentiment uttered at nearly every cafe and breakfast table in the Lone Star State:  "Play the game".  Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine fires the loudest shot thus far.

For any Texan, Aggie, Longhorn and "other" alike, every Thanksgiving weekend felt like Austin or College Station was the center of the universe.  I was a Sooner living abroad and I was still glued to my TV to see the two schools bash each other before destroying a few turkey family trees with a post-game Thanksgiving feast.

Their decision to end the series, whoever you blame (for the record, I blame the Aggies), seriously hampered Thanksgiving with the family.  It suddenly meant we were required to speak & communicate with each other more than we had in the past.  It meant the Big 12 would insult us with TCU being the replacement team.  It meant politics and money won again.

Dave Campbell, hero to the Texas football fan, is back with his 2015 summer issue.  I've been checking my mailbox at work every single day, not for work to complete or forms to sign, but for the Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine that arrives in a simple manila envelope every June.  Was that the postal carrier?  Gotta go.


Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Implores UT, A&M to PLAY THE GAME
56th installment of ‘the bible of Texas football,’ hitting newsstands this month, commissions iconic cover to advocate for return of now-dormant rivalry
DALLAS (June 11, 2015) – Every summer, football fans across the Lone Star State eagerly anticipate their copy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, and the cover story they’ll be talking about for weeks. This year, “the bible of Texas football” is upping the ante with its authoritative call for the resumption of the now-dormant Texas A&M vs. Texas rivalry.
The 56th edition of Texas Football – now on its way to mailboxes and newsstands across the state – minces no words with its simple, yet powerful, headline: “Play The Game.”
The cover, designed by internationally acclaimed artist Roberto Parada, is an iconic illustration of the nation’s best rivalry. The magazine’s lead story further proclaims that the “Lone Star State wants, needs and deserves Aggies vs. Longhorns.”
“One of our toughest jobs every year is to narrow down all the terrific football stories across the state and choose the most important cover subject for Texas Football,” said DCTF Managing Editor Greg Tepper. “As big as the Baylor-TCU rivalry has become, this story — Texas vs. Texas A&M, and how it’s inconceivably gone dormant — is the proverbial elephant in the room. For decades, Aggies vs. Longhorns shaped the face of football in Texas. As the authorities on football in the Lone Star State, our position is clear: It’s time to bring it back.”
The annual magazine covers college and high school football in Texas as no other publication can. Standard features in the 2015 Summer Edition of DCTF include:
  • The Preseason All-Texas College team, honoring the top college players in the state;
  • The annual Super Teams and Top 300, honoring the top recruits in the state;
  • In-depth analysis of each in-state FBS program’s 2015 team, plus coverage of Texas’ FCS, DII, DIII and JUCO teams;
  • Deep-dive conference previews, including Baylor and TCU duking it out for Big 12 supremacy and Texas A&M’s climb in the SEC;
  • The coveted Coverboy spot for every high school classification; and,
  • Individual previews for every high school team in Texas — more than 1,400 in all!
New features for the 2015 Summer Edition include:
  • An insightful cover story on the A&M-Texas rivalry, featuring dozens of legends from both sides of the fight, by Grantland’s Bryan Curtis;
  • A thoughtful secondary feature on the rise of El Paso football – both college and high school – by managing editor Greg Tepper;
  • An expanded national college football preview; and,
  • An expanded private high school section, featuring more private schools than ever.
Magazines may be purchased at or at any major magazine or book vendor in Texas.