The rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies was arguably the best in college football before the latter school left the Big 12 to join the SEC in 2012. This past season marked the first time since 1915 that the schools didn’t play each other on the gridiron and it appeared it might be the last. However, Texas state representative Ryan Guillen has filed a bill that, if passed, would require Texas and Texas A&M to play each other every season in a non-conference game. He cites all the right reasons, but when you look deeper into this little scheme, you see he has an ulterior motive.
Guillen says the rivalry between the Longhorns and Aggies is “as much a tradition as cowboy boots and barbecue,” which is true. The House District 31 democrat also says his motive is to “restore this sacred Texas tradition” between what he calls the “two greatest state universities” in Texas.
Well, he hit the nail on the head with all of the above, but like most politicians, he just said what’s politically correct and nowhere near the truth. You see, Guillen is a Texas A&M graduate and I guarantee you he wouldn’t give a flying flip about this rivalry if he was an alumni of any other university in Texas, including UT.
Texas A&M has been Texas’ “little brother” for the greater part of the past century, winning one lonely national title in 1935 and playing Texas close pretty much every year in the meantime while occasional pulling off the upset. In 2012, the Aggies grew up, if you will, in their first SEC season, finishing with a stellar record that included an upset of eventual national champion Alabama. It’s safe to assume Guillen thinks the Aggies now have a dominant program and would be the new big brother if the rivalry was renewed. Had Texas A&M fallen flat on its face during SEC play, you wouldn’t hear a peep out of this Texas democrat (which is an oxymoron in itself).
It’ll be great to have the Longhorns-Aggies rivalry again if the bill passes, but just know Guillen isn’t doing this out the love for his state; he think Texas A&M will catch up a few wins in the all-time record, but don’t count your chickens before they hatch.