By Adam Crouch | @Adam_Crouch
Full disclosure: I did not attend school in College Station or Austin.
DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — I remember the last time Texas and Texas A&M played. It was special.
Full of turkey on Thanksgiving night, I watched as the Longhorns spoiled the Aggies’ Big 12 going away party at Kyle Field in 2011.
After A&M rallied to lead by one with under two minutes remaining, Justin Tucker hit a game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired in their final meeting as conference opponents.
Like other episodes in the historic rivalry, the game had meaning.
Now, with mediocre seasons (at best) nearing an end for both teams, a big push (largely accelerated by the media) has surfaced to reunite the Longhorns of Austin with the in-state rival Aggies in the 2014 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl!
Seems like a dream scenario, right? This has to be good for college football!
I’m praying this doesn’t happen.
Texas is 6-5 heading into their final game with TCU. Let’s pencil in 6-6 for Charlie Strong in his first season (and possibly 6-7).
And after a 5-0 start, A&M is 7-4 (3-4 in SEC) as they prepare to play No. 17 LSU. Projecting 7-5 isn’t a stretch.
So what do we get if we allow (force) these two teams to face off at NRG Stadium in Houston in December?
Two flailing teams with a combined 13-11 record. That’s not special.
I have a problem with celebrating mediocrity by pitting these two teams against each other. And I have a problem with people pretending like the rivalry will be renewed in a meaningless game on a Monday night.
It’s like Led Zeppelin finally reuniting only to play its farewell concert at an abandoned bowling alley in Waco.
It’s like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally agreeing to that elusive superfight — in 2018.
Don’t force it.
We are just three years removed from their last game.
Whether it’s through a regularly scheduled non-conference game down the line, or a BCS bowl matchup — the two teams will play again — and it will mean something.
Let’s not devalue the rivalry in a game that pits the Big 12’s No.6 against a mid-tier SEC team.
Perhaps I am holding out for a game that will never take place. Or maybe I have set the bar too high with this historic rivalry.
It might happen. It might not. But one thing is certain: Dec. 29 in Houston — that’s not special.
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