Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong stated that his school and in-state rival Texas A&M University are in the process of meeting on the gridiron soon.
A video courtesy of OrangeBloods.com’s Anwar Richardson reveals that Texas Longhorns head football coach Charlie Strong states that his Big 12 institution is in the process of getting in-state arch rival in the Texas A&M Aggies back on their annual slate of games.
Since Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC West in 2012, these two bitter in-state rivals have not met on the gridiron since November 24, 2011, where the Longhorns won a tight one over the Aggies in College Station, 27-25.
Because of the eventual collapse of the old Big East and the eventual steps of realignment to account for the Power 5 Conferences in Division I football (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC), many of college football’s most historic rivalries have gone to the wayside, particularly ones with Big 8/12 roots.
Texas and Texas A&M have played each other 118 times usually on the last game of the regular season around Thanksgiving. While Texas holds a substantial 76-37-5 series lead, with Texas’ recent struggles under Strong and the back-end of the Mack Brown era and the rise of the Aggies under head coach Kevin Sumlin, an annual meeting between Texas and Texas A&M needs to happen as soon as possible.
Other notable rivalry games that have gone to the wayside from realignment are Nebraska-Oklahoma, the Border War between Kansas and Missouri, and the Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Rivalry games are what make college football so exciting every fall. The records don’t matter when there is so much built-up animosity for one opponent. While it may not happen as soon as we would like it to, at least both Texas state schools are trying to work something out to keep their series alive.
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