What was once considered a pipe dream for Texas A&M fans is becoming a reality with every passing Saturday: Texas A&M could face Texas in the Cotton Bowl. It was a shame for all college football fans that this rivalry and November staple disappeared from the 2012 schedule. It’s just too important to fans in Texas and college football as a whole to bury the rivalry forever.
However, the chance of rekindling the rivalry was drastically improved by the Aggies’ dominant 38-13 performance against Mississippi State and Texas’ 31-22 win over Texas Tech Saturday.
You think Aggie fans are excited to take on Alabama this week? No doubt they are, but it doesn’t come close to the excitement of the potential matchup against hated rival Texas in the Cotton Bowl. It’s becoming an unbridled excitement sweeping across the state of Texas as this game looks like it will happen more every week.
Forget the Aggies or Longhorns wanting this game to happen – and it’s likely Texas does not – but what about Cotton Bowl president and CEO Rich Baker salivating over the potential matchup? He was quoted below last November just after the Longhorns kicked the game winning field goal in Kyle Field. You don’t think he’s thought about it since then, do you? Talk about a revenue generator.
“I think we’d have to have two or three stadiums worth of seats for all of the demand,” Baker said last November only a few minutes after last year’s game.
One of the most bitter rivalries in all of college football ended when the Aggies moved into the premier conference in the country this past season, but no doubt the Cotton Bowl could revive the Lonestar State’s greatest rivalry, of which Texas currently leads 76-37-5.
Can you imagine Johnny Manziel running circles around the Longhorns’ defense? Can you imagine Damontre Moore eating David Ash’s lunch in the backfield? Texas A&M would want nothing more than to pound the Longhorns in their home state with that SEC on their chest and finish what Oklahoma started with the Mack Brown hot seat talks.
For the love of college football, this game has to happen in Jerry World January 4th.
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