COLLEGE STATION (AP)  The winner of Texas and Texas A&M’s annual game normally gets a year of bragging rights in this football-crazy state.

The victor of Thursday night’s showdown will get to boast about this one for far longer.

It is Texas A&M’s last Big 12 game before the Aggies move to the Southeastern Conference next season. They hoped to continue the rivalry that began in 1894, but the Longhorns have said their schedule is full through 2018.

The possibility this could be the last meeting between these rivals has taken an already heated matchup to another level.

Texas coach Mack Brown talked to his players about the shot to go out on top. He told them this could be the last game so “you’d like for it to be a good memory.”

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