The 2013 Cowboys Classic is the fifth of an agreement between ESPN and the Dallas Cowboys to bring a top college football game to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The first four contests featured matchups between ranked teams with No. 20 BYU defeating No. 3 Oklahoma 14-13 in 2009, No. 6 TCU beating No. 24 Oregon State 30-21 in 2010, No. 4 LSU defeating No. 3 Oregon 40-27 in 2011 and No. 2 Alabama beating No. 8 Michigan 41-14 in 2012.
The TCU and LSU showdown will mark the first meeting between the programs since 1968 and only the ninth overall.