The Big 12 and SEC share a handful of bowl ties: the Sugar, the Liberty, and the Texas. The Sugar is a big bowl, while the other two aren’t.
So, seeing as the Aggies and Longhorns have often finished in the middles of their conferences or so since A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, it’s often tempting to envision the two finally reuniting in Houston’s Texas Bowl.
2017 is no different, with both looking likely to finish 7-5.
Tom Herman getting the Horns to a winning season in Year 1 would make UT a very desirable pick for the Houston game, and though the game had the Aggies last year, its SEC West choices will likely be limited to A&M, LSU, or Mississippi State, though LSU or MSU could also be taken by the Citrus first (that’s roughly how it lines up at the moment, anyway). The stars have aligned once again!
I've been told that Texas officials will frown on playing A&M. They don't want to rekindle the rivalry that way. https://t.co/cvcD1jhifu— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 19, 2017
Makes some sense.
Why should a middle-tier bowl game get the honor of hosting one of college football’s most sorely missed rivalries when the two 100,000-seat campus stadiums should share the duty instead? I mean, they’re gonna play each other again at SOME point, so why waste that first game at a bowl formerly sponsored by dietary supplements and currently sponsored by sporting goods stores?
So some A&M fans are now arguing that the Horns are just scared of the Aggies, specifically when it comes to recruiting battles.
Fair is fair, because that’s how it was presented by a Texas site in 2014 when the reverse was apparently the case.
Now, it’s apparently the Aggies – or perhaps the SEC on the Aggies’ behalf – making sure there will be no postseason matchup of two of college football’s most bitter divorcees.
Two sources close to the situation told HornsDigest.com SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs Texas A&M postseason matchup. In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss.
Right now, the Aggies and Kevin Sumlin are seen as the school to beat in the Lone Star State in recruiting. Why risk diminishing that status with just more than two months until National Signing Day?
In 2017, it’s the Horns who are No. 2 in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings, nine spots ahead of Sumlin.
Anyway, all of this is beside the point.
Y’all should play football again in Austin and College Station immediately, and then we won’t have to argue about any of this.