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Updated: A&M confirms games against USC no longer on schedule

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Scheduling was a hot topic during SEC meetings this week. Keeping with that topic, Texas A&M confirmed some disappointing news.

Former Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne announced four years ago — back when his school was a member of the Big 12 — that A&M had future games against the Trojans (2015-’16) and the Ducks (2018-’19). However, current AD Eric Hyman said (via the Houston Chronicle) those games have been tossed aside.

From the paper:

Those games are no longer part of A&M’s plans, Hyman said, because “having switched from the Big 12 to the SEC, we’ve had to scrub our whole schedule – throw it almost out. Going forward, we’ve had conversations with people, but we really can’t be contractually (obligated) until the conference says you’ve got the green light.” reported two weeks ago that the USC series was never finalized.

All of this comes at an interesting time. SEC commissioner Mike Slive made it clear this week that he expects members to bolster their non-conference schedules as long as the league stays at eight conference games. Moving forward, Slive added that SEC schools will receive their conference game dates first and must schedule non-conference games around those dates.

It’s disappointing that A&M won’t be able to play those games, but scheduling can be complicated as evident by the fact that, whatever’s going on in College Station, Oregon is unaware of it.

Updated 2:30 p.m. ET: The USC series is still off for Texas A&M, but it appears the two games against Oregon in 2018 and ’19 are still on. That was confirmed to by parties at both A&M and Oregon. So, again, complicated. Or know one knows what’s going on. Little column ‘A’, little column ‘B’.

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18 Responses to “Updated: A&M confirms games against USC no longer on schedule”
  1. bertenheim says: May 31, 2013 2:13 PM

    They must need a break, with those home games against Sam Houston and UTEP taking so much out of them.
    A&M’s schedule is a joke.

  2. mydixienormus says: May 31, 2013 2:14 PM

    Aggies are walking like a duck…

  3. overratedgators says: May 31, 2013 2:53 PM

    Yes, A&M’s schedule is terrible. I mean, all they did last year was beat the team that went on to win the national championship. How easy.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: May 31, 2013 3:08 PM

    Beat Bama
    Won Heisman
    Rolled OU by 4 TD’s.

    Butt hurt posters are butt hurt.

  5. bertenheim says: May 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    Cue the SEC defenders, degrees proudly in hand.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: May 31, 2013 3:11 PM

    Great to hear the Aggies are keeping the Ducks on the schedule. I was really looking forward to seeing those games.

    @Bertenhiem Last year the Aggies played 3 Top 10 teams… How many did your school play?

  7. 8to80texansblog says: May 31, 2013 3:18 PM

    Last year A&M’s competition went 75-44. Unless your a Mizzou Tiger or Florida Gator (Ironically both SEC teams) your schedule wasn’t as tough as A&M’s…

  8. bertenheim says: May 31, 2013 3:35 PM

    Last year the top six teams in the SEC were 30-0 against the other eight. Of those six, five have a legitimate out-of-conference opponent this year . . ..

  9. 8to80texansblog says: May 31, 2013 3:52 PM

    @bertenheim… I’m curious as to which school you root for on Saturdays….

  10. frug says: May 31, 2013 4:29 PM


    W/L ratio of opponents is a terrible way to judge SOS.

    I recommend FEI, Sagarin and CFR and Chase Stuart’s SRS, which all have A&M around 20 (it is a little higher if you credit them for their bowl game (which they didn’t have any role in scheduling) and a little lower if you don’t).

  11. 8to80texansblog says: May 31, 2013 4:56 PM


    Bueller… ?

  12. thefiesty1 says: May 31, 2013 5:08 PM

    Call DeLoss and beg.

  13. bertenheim says: May 31, 2013 5:18 PM

    I root for the best match-up of teams.
    That rules out A&M 13 of 15 Saturdays.

  14. timh1955 says: May 31, 2013 6:51 PM

    Teams in other conferences are lucky to play teams in the SEC.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: May 31, 2013 11:16 PM


    Still ducking the question I see.

    It’s real easy to criticize everybody else from an anonymous perch.

  16. floridacock says: Jun 1, 2013 10:02 AM

    @ 8to80texansblog

    It is obvious bertenheim does not have a specific school to pull. Probably never attended school and is a soccer fan. Or is a Texas fan

  17. bertenheim says: Jun 1, 2013 1:22 PM

    You got me.
    Correct on all counts.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 1, 2013 5:34 PM

    Hey don’t hate on Soccer!!! I love soccer!!!

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