Should the Texas Longhorns vs. Texas A&M Aggies Rivalry be Renewed?

It has been eight years since the Texas Longhorns played the Texas A&M Aggies on the football field. Texas beat their rivals in College Station 27-25 at Kyle Field on November 24th of that year. The two teams first faced off in 1894 and primarily competed on Thanksgiving weekend, not uncommon with today’s landscape of confrontations between in-state foes. For a long time, the Aggies and Longhorns were in the now defunct Southwest Conference before moving into the Big XII conference in 1996. Starting in 2012, Texas A&M jumped ship to the Southeastern Conference while Texas remained in the Big XII. The annual contest has since been discontinued.

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I believe that the rivalry should be revived, ideally brought back in the latter stages of the eleventh month. If the schedule makers cannot do it then, even a late August-early September clash would suffice. Hopefully, both parties can brush aside their own egos and make it happen. It would be a blessing to have another big matchup in the first game of the year with two brand-name schools. When schools are willing to test themselves right away instead of getting an almost certain win against a lesser opponent, college football is better for it. 

Many teams play in-state rivalries that do not involve teams being in the same conference. The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles along manage to rotate home games annually. So do the Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Both are examples of the head to head matchups in two different major conferences. Neither the Longhorns nor the Aggies have to get back together in the same conference to assemble for a 119th meeting on the gridiron. It can still be a special occasion.

Would you like to see the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies renew their rivalry? Leave a comment below.

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Works cited: bing.com search “last meeting between Texas and Texas A&M” – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas–Texas_A%26M_football_rivalry

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