There’s no doubt that the Texas A&M Aggies are now above their in-state rival Texas Longhorns on the college football food chain, and the fact that A&M essentially killed the rivalry when it left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012 surely doesn’t sit well with some fans.
Now that former Texas AD Steve Patterson has gotten the boot, there are some fans who want that rivalry reborn, namely Texas A&M regent Tony Buzbee, who posted the following on his Facebook page, which was subsequently reported by The Dallas Morning News.
“I am going to advocate that the Aggies play Texas again in the near future. Because of our brutal SEC West schedule, where we play the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, etc., the Aggies need some cupcake games to rest and heal. In my view, Texas is just as weak if not weaker than the non-conference games we play, so we may as well play them.”
Wow, he didn’t mince words, did he? Buzbee has had more than a few glasses of the SEC’s “We’re the Best”-flavored Kool Aid, and now he’s taking a shot at the Longhorns who, oddly enough, own the all-time series against the Aggies with a record of 76-37-5. Granted, Texas has more of a championship culture, having four claimed national championships while A&M has three, the last of which came back in 1939, but there’s no denying that A&M is the better team today.
Look at it this way. Texas A&M sits 4-0 on the season after beating Arkansas in overtime last weekend, while a combination of the worst kind of bad luck and injuries have Texas at 1-3. On paper, though the Longhorns have played well, it could easily be considered by SOME to be a cupcake game.
But the fact of the matter is that with Patterson out of the picture now, there is no reason to keep putting off this former rivalry. It’s great for the game and the fans love it, so both school’s ADs should start talking to each other about the possibility of bringing it back, cupcake game or no.
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