One of the best rivalries in college football from year to year was between the Texas and Texas A&M Football teams. For a long time, this was a thanksgiving tradition, and a great game to watch with your family, regardless of whether or not you were a fan of either side.
Texas leads the rivalry by a pretty large margin, but the competition was getting closer as its demise approached. In the last six games between these teams, each program split three wins apiece.
With Texas in a bit of a slump and Texas A&M surging, this could have been a rivalry that worked out in the Aggies’ favor in the past few seasons. Unfortunately, these two teams haven’t played each other since the Aggies joined the SEC.
When will the Texas vs. Texas A&M Football rivalry start back up again?
Even though this rivalry has been nonexistent for almost a decade, it feels like an inevitability to return at some point. Even if they’re not facing off on the field, the teams are dueling it out on the recruiting trail each season.
The issue with returning the rivalry game at the present moment is a lack of interest. When asked about the rivalry last year, TAMU Athletic Director Ross Bjork stated that it wasn’t a priority at the moment.
Thankfully, Jimbo Fisher did show interest in the rivalry starting back up again when he was asked about it on a radio show last week. Fisher stated that he would definitely have an interest in the game “if it’s what’s best for Texas A&M.”
Clearly, he would love to see Texas on the docket each season, but he goes on to state how some things are out of his control. The decision to shut down the rivalry happened a long time ago, and even if they wanted to start it back up, it would take a long time to get it going.
That said, the Aggies don’t have a clear rival in the SEC right now. Even if it took an out-of-conference game, sparking up this Thanksgiving tradition could go a long way to spice up the program’s season on a year-to-year basis.
Both programs are of similar caliber and it would make for one of the better back-and-forths in the game. Time will tell, but for now, we’ll have to continue to wait for this rivalry to return.