Texas and Texas A&M no longer play each other in football. But, like a freshly cleaved couple, they must inflict their withering passive aggression on the rest of us.
Both the Longhorns and the Aggies will be among their respective conferences’ lower rung bowl teams. That has raised the prospect of the rivals meeting in the Liberty Bowl or, more likely, the Texas Bowl, where the Big 12 and SEC have agreements. The Texas Bowl would obviously be down with that.
Per Chip Brown, the SEC would block such a pairing on Texas A&M’s behalf, because the matchup would put Kevin Sumlin’s recruiting advantage at risk. Texas A&M currently has a 4-0 advantage over Texas for Top 15 Texas recruits in 2015.
It could also just be Texas A&M being bitter or, perhaps, not wanting its carefree marketing frolic turned into a national wrangle over its messy football divorce. If the games were heated or exciting organically, it simply would not be bowl season.
One might suggest opponents referenced in each other’s fight songs should meet on the field. But, football is for branding and television footprint. Rivalries, in the 21st Century, will be played out where they belong: scathing jibes over social media.