Considering the source, there’s a pretty decent reason to remain skeptical, but according to Horns Digest’s Chip Brown, Texas A&M and the SEC at large are actively trying to avoid a University of Texas versus Texas A&M bowl game. He cites two sources close to the situation who said, “SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs. Texas A&M postseason matchup. In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss.”
Now, I wanted to couch all of this by acknowledging that Chip Brown is not always the most reliable source of information. In fact, there’s a whole Tumblr page dedicated to Chip Brown being wrong, which is called Jizzmop for reasons that I care not to investigate. However, it’s pretty well accepted that no journalist is infallible, and Chip Brown, for all his journalistic faults, has one of the best and deepest lists of contacts for sources in college football.
But let’s look at the situation objectively. The fact is, A&M does have a lot more to lose in that scenario. No one is under the illusion that A&M is a good team this year, but the SEC in general has a stake in this as well. The SEC’s dominance is predicated on its ability to write off losses to teams in the conference as “quality losses.” Every loss outside of the conference weakens that construct. Granted, it’s not like A&M is going to reject any bowl matchup with a non-conference team, but playing an old rival like Texas makes that game automatically high-profile. Despite the fact that Texas’s season has been disappointing at best and abysmal at worst, Charlie Strong has the boys down in Austin playing much better now than they were at the beginning of the season. They would much rather risk losing to a competitive Pac-12 or Big Ten team than a weakened version of a perennial powerhouse. It just wouldn’t be a good look for them. Plus, wouldn’t you be scared of playing a team that last beat you with Case McCoy at quarterback?
As an ardent anti-fan of both schools, I personally would love nothing more than for this matchup to happen..
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