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UT holds rally to hex TCU

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University of Texas students and football fans gathered on campus on Monday night to hold a rally to place a "hex" on their Thanksgiving Day opponent TCU.

The rally has traditionally been held before the annual game between Texas and Texas A&M. However, the two schools are not playing each other this year following A&M's departure to the SEC.

The Hex Rally was started in 1941 after Texas had not beaten A&M at Kyle Field in 18 years. A group of students went to an Austin fortune teller who told them to burn red candles. The students followed her advice and won that year 23-0.

The University of Texas decided that while the annual game with A&M is no longer taking place, the rally would continue.

"I think there's a lot of excitement around this. We haven't played TCU in a long time and there's always excitement around the game on Thanksgiving," said Tim Taliaferro with the Texas Exes, which hosts the Hex Rally.

UT officials have decided to continue the decades-long event where students gather before Thanksgiving to light candles, putting a hex on their opponent that week, which has traditionally been Texas A&M.

"On the one hand people had come to associate it with the A&M game, but what we ended up deciding was it was a tradition that was bigger than the Aggies," said Taliaferro.

However, some students believe the Hex Rally should end along with the A&M game.

"I don't know if it really fits. It's not going to have the same spirit behind it," said Elliot Wingham.

Marcus Brown added, "It might not be as effective because it's a different opponent so maybe we need to go to another psychic to see what we have to do now."

So, FOX 7 did just that. Austin psychic Joe Nicols said that although UT is playing a different team, the hex should still work.

"What I'm seeing here is if everyone is excited about continuing this year with the candles, it's still good, it's still a good thing to do."

While he admits he's a UT fan which makes it harder to be objective, he still let us in on his predictions for the game.

"I think TCU might do really well or surge ahead in the middle of the second quarter and I think UT will finish strong at the end of the first half. I'm gonna predict that UT is going to win."

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