Finally! For the first time since 2012, when Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC, there's traction of a Longhorns vs. Aggies football game.
Why all the buzz?
On Friday, Texas head coach Charlie Strong had a very interesting comment at a luncheon for the Touchdown Club of Houston regarding a potential game.
"They're trying to work something out right now when we're going to play the Aggies," Strong said to the crowd.
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That statement is the biggest development of a potential meeting since Texas A&M left the Big 12. There's no doubt that the two schools are still bitter about the conference break-up. The Aggies didn't like the Longhorn Network, among other things, and Texas didn't like A&M leaving for the SEC, among other things. That bitterness never gave way to the idea of playing football. Time appears to be healing old wounds.
It's a game that needs to be played. There's too much history. The Longhorns and Aggies have played 118 football games, with the first taking place in 1894. When they play, it's good for the schools, the game and the fans.
The College Football Selection Committee puts a premium on strong non-conference schedules, and the conferences themselves are mandating their teams schedule a Power 5 opponent. It makes too much sense for the schools not to play each other.
If it happens, the question turns to location. An alternating home series makes a lot of sense, but it would be entertaining to see games rotated throughout the state between College Station, Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth. There are Longhorn and Aggie fans all over the Lone Star State, and there are many venues to host this great rivalry.