Texas coach Tom Herman alludes to possible restart of rivalry game with Texas A&M
The upcoming season will mark the seventh consecutive season that Texas A&M and Texas haven’t met on the football field, but it appears Longhorns head coach Tom Herman wants to change that in the future.
Herman appeared on SiriusXM’s ESPNU radio with Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples and former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel on Tuesday when he alluded to a scheduling philosophy which would include the two schools playing each other.
“In my perfect world, you would play one big-time Power 5 [non-conference] opponent,” Herman said. “To me, there’s a very logical one an hour-and-a-half east of us.”
The series dates back to 1894 when Texas won 38-0 in Austin. Since then, the Longhorns lead the all-time series 76-37, but the games stopped in 2011 when the Aggies moved to the SEC and thus stopped the in-conference Big 12 game between the two teams.
Herman also provided a solution for how to fit the game in adding that many other programs find a way to play out of conference rivals every season.
“Play Week 2 every year,” Herman told Staples. “Don’t disrupt the conference schedule. Play a tune-up game. Then play your rival game two.”
Unfortunately for the rivalry itself, Texas A&M already plays a brutal schedule with LSU and Alabama in the SEC West. While the rivalry might one day be renewed, the current outlook appears grim. Athletic directors and coaches have to balance nearly guaranteed wins with competitive matchups in the era of the College Football Playoff Committee.