Texas A&M, Texas Tech have “Mutual Interest” in Scheduling Future Game

By Kevin Kelley -

Texas A&M and Texas Tech have a long history of playing each other on the football field. The two schools first met in 1927 and played 18 times through 1959.

In 1960, Texas Tech joined Texas A&M in the Southwest Conference. That started a yearly battle that continued into the Big 12 Conference. But when Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2011, the A&M-Tech rivalry ended.

Unlike Texas A&M’s lost rivalry with Texas, it appears they may get Texas Tech back on their future schedules before too long, according to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.

Though it would be nice to see Texas A&M and Texas Tech meet sooner rather than later, Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt stated that it will be “2020 or beyond.”

That’s likely due to Texas A&M’s future football schedules. The Aggies already have a Power Five opponent lined up for each season through 2019 — Arizona State (2015; at Houston, TX), 2016 (UCLA), 2017 (at UCLA), 2018 (at Oregon), and 2019 (Oregon).

Unless there’s a compelling reason like an SEC team being left out of the College Football Playoff, Texas A&M and other SEC teams will likely continue to schedule just one Power Five team per season.

Texas Tech, which doesn’t have a non-conference scheduling mandate but does only have three slots, is travels to Arkansas in 2015 and plays a home-and-home series with Arizona State in 2016 and 2017.

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  1. JC
    June 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I hope they can make this rivalry come back soon, I think it would be one of the better games to watch every season.

  2. Shep
    June 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I don’t see what A&M would have to gain by playing in Lubbock, it’ll probably be neutral site games in Dallas and Houston.

    • Alkaline
      June 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Both A&M and TT already play annual neutral-site games in Texas. (TT plays Baylor and A&M plays Arkansas.) I guess anything is possible, but I think they’d both rather have an extra home game against a major opponent.

    • Marcus Dietz
      June 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Now that A&M is in the SEC they are too good to visit Lubbock? Come on. These two teams have tons of history from the days of the SWC and Big 12. Unless it’s a one off game (then a neutral site makes sense), the series should be played on both campuses.

    • Shep
      June 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Then swap Dallas with San Antonio and you’ve got a SA/Houston series. Having gone to a school in Texas that is neither of these schools (and not being a Texas native), I’ve seen how the general public reacts to Tech – they don’t. It’s not like a ton of recruits are coming out of the area, so if anything it seems like political posturing so they can say they’re playing one of Big XII schools.

    • 8to80texansblog
      July 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

      @Shep.. Permian is a huge talent factory out there in West Texas. I would love a home and home with Tech. I think a neutral game is dumb, especially between two teams with such history. Has to be a home and home.

  3. Sam
    July 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I would prefer if every school in Texas would refuse to play Texas A&M. They can enjoy the SEC and all their new rivals.

    • John
      July 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

      You are def a bandwagon fan then. I don’t think students and alumni still care three years later that A&M left for the SEC. If you went to school in Texas, you enjoyed the battles between all the Texas schools. Stating that you’d rather never play A&M again since they left the Big 12 just makes you butthurt still like UT. Hopefully UT will loosen their stance on playing A&M again, as it just seems that A&M got good and Texas refuses to play them as they would suffer a PR nightmare if A&M beat them after leaving the Big 12. This is the landscape that UT created as nobody ever seems to mention Colorado, Missouri, and Nebraska all leaving as a result of Texas as well.

  4. 8to80texansblog
    July 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I would love to play Tech again…. provided they don’t throw feces at our bus or attack our fans with a goal post….

    • Skylar
      July 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

      If you want to believe that really happened you can. The truth is someone (don’t know who: some say a Tech fan, some say an aggie) put stink bait (for fish food) on the bus. The goal post came down because Tech beat a top 5 arrogant football team at home and ruined their chances of a national title.

      As a Tech fan I’m not going to bash you, because I do have class. Thought you should see the other side of things. You have your close minded opinion and I have my open-minded vision. That being said, I would love to see this happen.

  5. Bill
    August 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Or throw tortillas and hit me in the eye again.

  6. Infraredraide
    September 28, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I just hope the texas a&m people don’t kill our horse or paint it orange or even grab their testicals and yell like they have done in the past

  7. DWS
    November 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Wow! Just ran across these posts! Kinda funny tamu people complaining about TT. I was neutral on tamu till I went to a game there and was treated with the worst sportsmanship EVER! I had my hat ripped off my head & thrown & mobs of aggs cursing at me and my girlfriend. I’ll support my kids to go to school anywhere except tamu. If they go there, they’ll have to find a different place to come home for Christmas, b/ c they’re not allowed in my house ever again!

  8. EHT
    July 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    An old rivalry that will spark interest from both fan bases. Both teams will get credit for scheduling a Power 5 conference opponent. Besides the bowl game with Oklahoma who had to play A&M, who from the Big 12 is willing to play A&M? I actually thought Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were not against playing A&M in the future. However, if Texas Tech wants to step up, I’m all for it. I think A&M still needs to fill a spot for 2016.