With the Aggies on a bye week and their next coming game will be against the Louisiana State Tigers, Maroon Madness wanted to take a look at history between these two prestigious universities. Most fans outside of each fan base wouldn’t know that this rivalry goes back to 1899. The Aggies won the first meeting between the two schools in College Station 52-0. 1899 was the sixth year of the program and the fifth season. In 1895 Texas A&M didn’t field a team that season.
The teams wouldn’t meet again until the 1906 contest which was also won by the Aggies. At that time both teams were in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The Aggies would be a part of the SIAA Conference until 1914, when they would join the Southwest Conference (SWC). The Aggies would go 3-1-1 against the Tigers during that time. The Tigers left the SIAA after the 1921 season and joined the Southern Conference until 1932, when they joined the Southeastern Conference (SEC) where they are still currently a member.
Before the Tigers joined the Southern Conference in 1922, the two teams would play four games in which the Aggies would go 1-2-1 during that stretch. In the final two games of that stretch the Aggies wouldn’t score a single point in consecutive meetings. In the two games while the Tigers were part of the Southern Conference the Aggies would hold them scoreless in both games. Their average margin of victory in those games was 37 points. They wouldn’t meet again until 1942.
From 1942 to 1995 the two teams would meet 37 times during the 53 year span. The Tigers for the most part dominated this series 25-13-1. The latter part of that stretch from 1989-1995 would mainly be won by the Fighting Texas Aggies. Legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant would only coach in this series twice beating LSU both times before leaving to take over at the University of Alabama. Before the Aggies would leave the SWC and head over to the Big 12 in 1996, Texas A&M would win six of the final seven games under fan favorite head coach R.C. Slocum. Slocum is also the longest tenured coach at the university before departed in 2002.
During their 16 year stay in Big 12 the Aggies would only play the Tigers once, the year they left the conference to join the Tigers in the SEC. The Aggies would lose 41-24 at the AT&T Cotton Bowl played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Last year playing as conference opponents for the first time since 1914 the Aggies would lose 24-19. Overall these two teams have met 51 times and LSU holds the edge with a 28-20-3 record. While they hold the current winning streak at two and the longest win streak of six games from 1960-1965, the Aggies hold the largest margin of victory with a 63-9 win in 1914. Having not beaten the Tigers since 1995 the 12th Man is hungry for a victory.