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Texas A&M to host UTSA twice in four years

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Good news: Texas A&M will be playing the University of Texas twice in the next six years.

UT-San Antonio, that is.

UTSA announced on Tuesday it would take two road trips to Kyle Field: one in 2016 and the other in 2019. Both games are scheduled for November and the 2016 matchup would be the first ever between the two programs. The Roadrunners are just moving up to the FBS level and will begin competing in Conference USA this year.

Texas A&M now has two non-conference games scheduled for 2016 and ’19. The Aggies host Louisiana Tech on Sept. 10, 2016 and Oregon on Sept. 14, 2019. There was some confusion last month as to whether the Aggies and the Ducks would play down the road, but the two games in 2018 and ’19 are still a go.

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23 Responses to “Texas A&M to host UTSA twice in four years”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jun 10, 2013 6:43 PM

    Can’t wait until that SEC style non-conference scheduling bites them in the ass when the playoff system is here.

  2. bertenheim says: Jun 10, 2013 7:51 PM

    Tom Landry Junior High was booked.

  3. tigersgeaux says: Jun 10, 2013 8:14 PM

    Is someone making up these schedules, ignorant of the fact of rankings that will consider strength of schedule and rankings of opponents?

    I know the smaller schools love to play the larger schools because they have nothing to lose, somehow they may come up with lightning strike and they will get a very big payoff to help fund their football and athletic programs. I know the reasons.

    Big schools in the state are begged by the smaller schools to play them to help them in this way, but it would seem there will eventually be a price to pay.

  4. imaduffer says: Jun 10, 2013 8:21 PM

    Gotta love those bye weeks in November.

  5. thekatman says: Jun 10, 2013 8:56 PM

    All OOC games should not be a part of the season’s ranking system. They’re kinda like the NFL version of the pre-season. Meaningless, can only get your players hurt, and provides an oppty for the staff to see their players in action, on the field and make adjustments before the real season starts.

    All OOC games should be played at the beginning of the football season, and all conferences should play either 8 or 9 games. Period. If a conference doesn’t play a 9 conference game season, then they should be penalized in the rankings, or the 9 game conferences are allowed to eliminate 1 loss from the ranking formula.

    until there’s parity amongst the major conferences, it’s all BS anyway. SEC thinks they’re the best conference? Not when they only play 8 conference games and play junior college teams for OOC games.

  6. floridacock says: Jun 10, 2013 9:12 PM

    Jealous folks? The fact that they play an SEC west schedule every year is a much tougher strength of schedule than any other conference anyway. You shall see.

  7. bertenheim says: Jun 10, 2013 9:18 PM

    Jealousy is the charge usually leveled by kids in chess club against the guys who torment them.
    Otherwise, it seems to be the domain of Notre Dame fans and SEC fans outside of Tuscaloosa.

  8. mydixienormus says: Jun 10, 2013 9:36 PM

    The SEC west. Home of powerhouse programs last year like Arkansas, Auburn and the MS community colleges…

  9. normtide says: Jun 10, 2013 10:54 PM

    Floridacock is correct. SEC teams dominated the SOS standings last year, playing the same schedule. I know outsiders are wishing the playoff will end the SEC dominance, but the games will have to be won in the field. If you think the SEC champ will ever be left out, your either dreaming or an idiot.

    On a side note, is it so bad you would prefer the best team is left out do your team might win? If so, you are truly best down by the SEC. Wouldn’t it be so much sweeter to actually beat us on the field? Will a team that doesn’t beat the SEC’s best really be a champion?

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 10, 2013 11:41 PM

    Aggies are also playing Oregon in 2019 out of conference FYI… You complain when teams schedule FCS teams, then complain when they schedule FBS teams that don’t meet your standards. Sorry but you can’t schedule only top 25 teams…

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 10, 2013 11:49 PM

    @mydixienormous

    I prefer to think of the SEC West as home to powerhouse programs that have 5 of the last 7 national titles.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 11, 2013 8:42 AM

    Larry Coker is UTSA’s head coach. He’s not afraid to schedule Baylor, Oklahoma State, Arizona, and Kansas State in the next few years.

    By the time A&M plays them, they will be better than Rice (an annual University of Texas opponent), Houston, and SMU.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 11, 2013 9:56 AM

    So if A&M scheduled Wake Forest, Indiana,The Air Force Academy and Kansas for non conference games
    all the SEC haters would approve? Nope.

    Good field no hit, who does A&M open with? Texas doesn’t play Rice any more since they are now going to bowls. Texas much rather play New Mexico and Wyoming.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 10:20 AM

    I don’t know if anyone knows who the Aggies open with in 2019 but in 2013 they open with Rice.

    The Aggies are consciously trying to schedule non conference games in Texas a la Rice, UTEP, SMU, UTSA, Sam Houston. They have obviously tried and failed to schedule games with Texas.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 11, 2013 10:41 AM

    8to80texansblog wrote on: Jun 11, 2013 10:20 AM

    I don’t know if anyone knows who the Aggies open with in 2019 but in 2013 they open with Rice.

    The Aggies are consciously trying to schedule non conference games in Texas a la Rice, UTEP, SMU, UTSA, Sam Houston. They have obviously tried and failed to schedule games with Texas.

    8t08,

    Why Texas (the school)? You don’t need Texas. A&M has grown up and moved on.

    If you had a home and home with say Penn State, and play them at 2:oo pm at
    Kyle Field Labor Day weekend, that game would be a far more attractive nationally TV game than a regional game against Texas. B1G and SEC fans would watch. College football fans would watch.

    As to the schools you mentioned, each school is worthy to have on the schedule. How else do you allow the competition to build their own program?

  16. bertenheim says: Jun 11, 2013 1:01 PM

    Every team in the SEC has a respectable OOC opponent this year . . . except A&M.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 2:17 PM

    Depends on how you define respectable.

    Rice and SMU both won bowl games last year…

    Top 25 no…

    Better than Ohio St.’s OOC schedule… Yes.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    @amos

    You’re right, we don’t NEED Texas. I think we’re actually far better off without Texas than with.

    A&M v PSU would be a great game with more national appeal possibly…

    But A&M is steeped in tradition, maybe more so than any ohter school I can think of. So much so that we’re accused of being cult like. A LOT of these traditions revolve around the annual t.u. v A&M game. Bonfire for instance… building a bonfire and burning an outhouse in effigy to Mizzou just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    We WANT to play Texas on an annual basis. For bragging rights, state pride, and the sense of rivalry. Just because we’ve moved conferences doesn’t mean I still don’t want a chance to kick t.u.’s AZZ. You can’t assign a rivalry on paper. It’s built over years, decades, in this case, centuries. Similarly, you can’t kill a rivalry on paper, as DeLoss Dodds has attempted to do. We still WANT to play Texas.

  19. bertenheim says: Jun 11, 2013 8:05 PM

    Texas’ historical rival is Arkansas.
    Darrell Royal was alot more concerned with Frank Broyles than whoever was coaching A&M.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    Texas historical rival is A&M. They’ve played 117 times. Arkansas and Texas have played 78 times.

  21. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 11, 2013 11:15 PM

    berten.

    8to8 is correct,

    Both schools refer to the other in their fight songs, Both have storied histories in football.

    That all changed in 1980 when money entered the picture.

    Since 1980, A&M and Texas are about 500 when head to head competition comes into play. Now that A&M is in a more attractive conference, I expect A&M to overshadow Texas in the long run.

    Why?

    Perception in now becoming reality. The Big 12 was dead last in recruiting
    last year and with the NCAA report on APR, the Big 12 is dead last among the five power conferences. For football , A&M had a rating of 954 for 2011-2012, while Texas was at 936.

    Sure Texas has it’s own network, but who watches it?

    A&M is a great addition to the SEC.

    BTW Alabama Football had an APR of 970.

    Times are good.

    RTR

  22. normtide says: Jun 11, 2013 11:20 PM

    Memo to Texas and the B1G: When did having the most money become more important than winning the most games?

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    @Bertenheim

    If you had said OU… I might have agreed. Ask just about any TSip and they’ll say their #1 rival is OU. OU has had a much better program than A&M over the years, and Texas for that matter (even though Texas leads the series). The game is played at a neutral site, and to me is one of the great traditions in college football. I despise both schools but one can’t deny the pageantry and excitement of half the stadium in red and half in orange. It’s really cool. I wish they were all ties but nowadays somebody has to win.

    UT is very lucky to have quite a few really good rivalries. UT v OU is almost as old as the A&M v UT rivalry at 107 meetings. In the next decade though, unless things change, it will surpass the A&M v UT rivalry in games played. But as amos said, both teams reference each other in their fight song, we named their mascot, both teams fight for dominance in the state in football, recruiting, and academics. Its a true in-state rivalry. One that will apparently wither away unless DeLoss Dodds gets his head out of Bevo’s ass and gets out of the way of history and tradition.

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