For Texas A&M football fans, there are a handful of teams who could be considered rivals. In recent years, teams like Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU would rise to the forefront of this conversation. That said, there’s one team that has been out of the mix for a while.
That team is the Texas Longhorns.
By far and away, A&M’s biggest rival is Texas. Unfortunately, these teams have not played each other in football since the Aggies left the SEC in 2011. But the rivalry will be renewed when Texas joins the SEC in 2025. Last week, Jimbo Fisher commented on the possibility of seeing the Longhorns on a daily basis.
Texas A&M football HC Jimbo Fisher is excited at the opportunity to face off against a rival
Last week, Jimbo Fisher attended an alumni event and spoke with CBS Austin Sports Anchor Jeff Barker. Here’s what he said about the concept of a big rivalry matchup in the SEC against Texas.
"“College football loves rivalries. Every state loves its rivalries and Texas-Texas A&M is one of the great ones in college football. Now I hope the scheduling and the pods they put it in help enhance that rivalry. I’m sure they will. But we’ll find out in 2025. But listen, when I was at Florida State we had the Miami and Florida rivalries along with Clemson. When I was at Auburn had Alabama. When I was at LSU we played Auburn. Our big ones were Alabama and Auburn every year along with Ole Miss. I love rivalry games. I’ve always been very successful in them. I think that is what it is all about.”"
Fisher isn’t lying, either. The Aggie head coach went a combined 12-2 against Miami and Florida, the aforementioned rivals, during his tenure at Florida State. Against Clemson, he had a 3-4 record, though three of those losses came against a top-four Tigers team.
Despite the general distaste among Texas A&M fandom over Texas’s entry to the SEC, it looks like the Aggies’ head coach is ready to take the challenge head-on. He hasn’t struggled with rivalries in the past and he should be able to step up to the plate in the future.
Last season, we saw Texas A&M beat Alabama in a game that, with all due respect, they had no business competing in.
Make no mistake — if you’re a Texas Longhorns fan, the last coach you want to face in a rivalry game is Jimbo Fisher.