Middling bowl games like the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl in Houston don't usually generate a ton of interest outside of the fanbases involved, but if that game gets its way, it may be one of the highlights of this bowl season.
Starting this year, the Texas Bowl will feature a match-up between a Big 12 and an SEC team, and based on how this season has played out, there is a legitimate chance that Texas and Texas A&M could meet for their first match-up since 2011, the season before A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC. Obviously, that would be incredibly exciting for everyone involved with the game.
No matter how the regular season shakes out from here in both conferences, A&M and UT on Dec. 29 in NRG Stadium is an option already. A Texas Bowl official on Sunday said while they’re thrilled about any SEC-Big 12 matchup, a possible A&M-UT reunion had really brought some electricity to the table. A&M and Texas haven’t played since 2011, the Aggies’ last year in the Big 12 and a 27-25 UT victory at Kyle Field.
“The regional significance of the bowl is already compelling for fans, and then when you consider a matchup like Texas and Texas A&M, if that does happen, that would really be outstanding for fans, our community and the two schools,” Texas Bowl president Jamey Rootes said. “Fortunately Texas has gotten bowl eligible to be in the conversation. There are some exciting scenarios coming to light, and certainly Texas and Texas A&M is one.”
Texas clinched bowl eligibility this past weekend with its 28-7 win over Oklahoma State. The Longhorns are now 6-5 on the season. Texas A&M is 7-4 with a game against LSU left on its schedule.