DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — It’s a matchup that most college football fans are screaming for — Texas and Texas A&M could potentially reignite their historic rivalry this bowl season.

Unfortunately for the fans, the game might not happen — and the SEC could be to blame, according to Horns Digest’s Chip Brown.

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Outside of an SEC team or two making the College Football Playoff, only the Sugar Bowl and Capital One Bowl are allowed to pick their SEC representatives.

“After that, the remaining six bowl games with SEC tie-ins, the SEC decides which teams go where. Those bowl games do not get to pick,” said Brown with the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan.

Brown says that’s just “how the SEC operates,” noting that they are the only conference with such control.

So if the conference doesn’t want to see the Longhorns and Aggies play, it simply won’t happen.

“They’ve made it clear — at least to the two sources I’ve talked to who are very close to the situation — there’s not going to be a Texas-Texas A&M bowl matchup,” said Brown. “A&M has the perception that they are running the state in recruiting, that they are the preeminent program in the state of Texas. They don’t want to do anything to possibly diminish that.”

Brown says it’s unclear whether A&M had input on the decision, saying only that the SEC has made it clear to bowls with SEC-Big 12 tie-ins.

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While the two teams have played 118 times since 1894, they last met in 2011 and there are no plans to meet again.

It may take time, but Brown believes the in-state rivals will eventually meet again.

“When cooler heads prevail, they’ll realize that this game needs to happen. I hope it does. They both have each other in their fight songs. How do you break up that and walk away from it? As much as they hate each other, they need each other.”

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