Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M have yet to see each other on the gridiron since the Aggies departed for the SEC following the 2011 season, and one analyst thinks it’s because Texas is “scared” of the Aggies.
That’s what CBS Sports analyst Barrett Sallee said on his podcast, SEC Smothered and Covered. His point was that if the rivalry was renewed and Texas A&M started beating the Longhorns, some of the state’s top recruits might be attracted to the idea of playing in College Station and the SEC instead of going to Austin to play in the Big 12.
“Quite honestly, Texas is scared of Texas A&M. I firmly believe that Texas is terrified of what Texas A&M is and what Texas A&M wants to be,” Sallee said. “Otherwise they’d play.”
AUDIO: Texas vs. Texas A&M needs to come back on an annual basis. Why won't it? Texas is scared of Texas A&M
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 17, 2018
Of course, Texas isn’t the force it once was under Mack Brown when the Longhorns enjoyed a 9-3 record over Texas A&M between 2000-2011. But the Aggies aren’t exactly world-beaters, either, with just one 10-win season since 1999 and a 19-21 record in SEC play since Johnny Manziel’s Heisman campaign in 2012.
The Longhorns’ marquee non-conference matchups since Texas A&M left for the SEC indicate Texas isn’t running from competition, as the ‘Horns have faced Ole Miss, UCLA, Notre Dame, and most recently, USC in 2017. That non-conference slate will only get more daunting going forward, with the most recent addition being a home-and-home series with Alabama.
- 2018: USC
- 2019: LSU
- 2020: at LSU
- 2021: at Arkansas
- 2022: Alabama
- 2023: at Alabama
- 2024: at Michigan
- 2025: Ohio State
- 2026: at Ohio State
- 2027: Michigan
Texas head coach Tom Herman and athletic director Chris Del Conte have expressed desire to renew Texas’ long-standing rivalry with Texas A&M. They have been unable to do so, for whatever reason, so the Longhorns will instead square off with some of college football’s blue blood programs.
Texas owns the all-time series edge over Texas A&M, 76-37-5.