Since 2012, one of college football’s greatest rivalry games has not been played. And it’s not scheduled to be played. But it should be played, not only right away, but each season, as it used to be.
That rivalry is the one between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. The intrastate rivals have met on the gridiron a total of 118 times, but none since the Aggies made the move to the Southeastern Conference over two years ago.
For many, this rivalry was what college football was all about. Hated rivals battling it out on the field, many times on Thanksgiving Day (64 times overall). For college football fans, it was the wrap-up to Thanksgiving evening, after a day of NFL games.
Right now, it doesn’t appear that there will be any games between the Aggies and the Longhorns. A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin indicated at last week’s SEC Media Days that he does not see games with Texas in the immediate future of his program.
At this week’s Big 12 Media Days, Texas head coach Charlie Strong said he would like to resume the rivalry. And, truly, it makes sense to do so.
What’s at stake? For Texas, it’s state supremacy. The Longhorns have (almost) always been the top team in the Lone Star State. They hear the whispers that A&M is catching up to them. If they could beat the Aggies on the field, they could quiet those whispers.
For A&M, it’s the chance to prove that they are every bit the current program that Texas is, if not better. A&M has had a more recent Heisman Trophy winner (Johnny Manziel), appears to have recruiting momentum in the state and is the program with more “buzz” at this time.
There’s only one way to settle this, and it’s on the field. But for now, it appears that games between these rivals won’t be happening any time soon.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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