Reason No. 1: The Texas A&M football team is trending up, while the Texas Longhorns are trending down
The entire argument surrounding both of these teams depends largely on context. Anybody who argues in favor of the Longhorns will be depending entirely on anything that happened in 2009 or earlier. After that, there isn’t much positive to speak of.
If you take a close look at the Longhorns’ recent seasons, it gets even bleaker.
After the Longhorns’ 13-1 season, where they lost in the BCS National Championship Game, the team virtually crumbled. Since then, they haven’t returned to national prominence — or even come close, for that matter.
Texas has been ranked in the preseason poll of eight seasons since that game. Out of those eight seasons, they finished lower than their original ranking or fell out of the rankings as a whole in seven of the years. In four seasons since 2009, they’ve failed to produce a winning record at all.
Texas A&M, in that same stretch of time, only finished lower than their initial ranking three times. On four occasions, they finished the year ranked higher than they were projected in the preseason AP Poll.
The yearly rivalry game between these two teams was put on hold when Texas A&M joined the SEC, but before this, the rivalry had evened out, with the Aggies and Longhorns splitting the most recent 30 matchups at 15 apiece.
You have to imagine that Texas A&M would have gotten the better of their rival Texas more often than not if these two teams had played against each other in the past decade.