Texas and Texas A&M didn’t play in football last season for the first time since 1915. But Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds thinks they will face the Aggies eventually.
“I think we’ll play sometime,” Dodds said. “I don’t know when it will happen or how it will happen, but I’m sure it will happen.”
The Longhorns and Aggies have met 118 times, with Texas leading the overall series 76-37-5. In their last meeting on Nov. 24, 2011, Texas defeated Texas A&M 27-25.
Although Dodds says the two schools will eventually play again, it may not be any time soon.
“They left,” Dodds said. “They’re the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that’s fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don’t want to. It’s overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there’s got to be a period where things get different. I think there’s too many hard feelings.”
Currently, Texas has a full non-conference schedule through the 2017 season. In 2018, the Horns have two non-conference games scheduled, at Maryland on Sept. 1 and home vs. USC on Sept. 15. So it still doesn’t seem likely that they will play in the near future, although existing football contracts could always be broken.
Texas A&M, on the other hand, has two openings in 2014 and several slots from 2015 into the future.
Back in January, Ryan Guillen, a Texas A&M alumnus and Democratic representative from House District 31 in Texas, introduced House Bill 778 which would require an annual football game between Texas and Texas A&M. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Higher Education on Feb. 18.
“I think the people of Texas want a game, and we’re trying to get them one,” Guillen said. We want to see Texas and Texas A&M play, too.