5 best Texas vs. Texas A&M football games of the Big 12 era

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Texas and Texas A&M football have not played each other since 2011; this is a list of the best football games of the Big 12 era which lasted from 1996-2011.

Texas A&M football plays their games in the Southeastern Conference now after the university made the decision to leave the Big 12 after the 2011-12 school year.

It has been a terrific move for the football program. Kevin Sumlin was able to recruit well and the program upgraded the practice facilities and Kyle Field thanks to the monumental revenue increase from Johnny Football. It also gave A&M the ammunition to seek out a Jimbo Fisher and pry him from a national championship winning program.

Even with all the good the move to the SEC has brought Texas A&M, there is still something missing. The Texas game is no longer on the schedule.

This is one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football. The matchup dates all the way back to 1894. There have been 118 meetings in total, with Texas holding a 76-37-5 advantage. The record is closer over the last 35 years, with Texas holding a 20-15 record in that time frame.

The rivalry needs to be renewed at some point in time. Both schools mention each other in their fight song. It’s a tradition that outdates anyone alive right now. College football is not the same without this rivalry game during Thanksgiving week.

No disrespect to LSU, who might be A&M’s second biggest rival given they’ve matched up 56 times, but nothing will ever match Texas in terms of a hated rival.

Most of the games between the Aggies and Longhorns came when the teams were part of the Southwest Conference, but from 1996-2011 they were both members of the Big 12 Conference together. This is a list of the five best games during that time.

Disclaimer: I went to Texas A&M, so most of these are going to be Aggie wins. Don’t @ me.