The Daily Texan, the student newspaper of the University of Texas, wrote a piece today about the Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies not playing in a bowl game this year. The writer discussed how Texas was lucky to not playing Texas A&M.
Here is an excerpt from the piece:
“Yes, rebuilding after a 5-7 season takes time. But Texas’ losses to West Virginia and TCU should not be acceptable at a program with so much money and resources. In addition, getting stomped by Bob Stoops’ squad is a trend that isn’t going to be acceptable for much longer. Texas needs one more win to top last year’s win total. But Oregon State will likely be favored in the Alamo Bowl,
potentially concluding this season with the same average record as the last.”
A well-written article by the Daily Texan, but I have to disagree. One of the things that would play in the Texas’s favor would be all the travelling and media attention that Johnny Manziel is getting would just fuel the fire for this Longhorns team. Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor would want to go out as seniors with a win over Texas A&M. Texas A&M would come into the Cotton Bowl over confident and think all they would have to do is show up while Texas would come prepared to play their best football game. Mack Brown may not win many championships but he wins bowl games and he beats Texas A&M. Now I am not saying it would have been a lock that Texas would beat Texas A&M, but this notion that Texas wouldn’t stand a chance against Texas A&M isn’t looking at not only the history of this rivalry but the history of favorites in bowl games.