Texas governor trying to resurrect Texas-Texas A&M rivalry

first_img“I am inspired by the camaraderie and the collaboration that has already infused this session. It seems unprecedented, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling it myself,” Abbott said, via The Texas Tribune. “I’m feeling moved. And I want to set the example. For example, I’m willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with [state Rep.] Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.”Abbott was giving his Governor’s State of the State Address when he brought up bringing back the rivalry game and working with Larson, who has butted heads with Abbott in the past. Related News Larson had proposed a bill in November to revive the game. The bill would make the two programs play a non-conference game against one another every November.Texas and Texas A&M haven’t played one another since the 2011 season, in which Texas rallied to beat Texas A&M, 27-25. The two schools have met 118 times, with Texas holding a 76-37-5 advantage in the all-time rivalry.It wouldn’t be unheard of for big rivalries to be non-conference ones. Clemson and South Carolina play every year, as does Georgia and Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State, Notre Dame and USC, and Louisville and Kentucky, to name a few. Southern Miss coach slams school’s order not to hire Art Briles, school says The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry used to be one of the biggest games of the college football season, but ceased to exist once the Aggies moved to the SEC.Now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is willing to “work” with other representatives to revive the game and make it a yearly matchup again.last_img

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