The Texas football program has started to regain its status as a national contender again under head coach Steve Sarkisian after winning the Big 12 and making it to the College Football Playoff last season. Sarkisian has Texas trending up right as it heads into the SEC in 2024.
Texas joining the SEC in 2024 will revitalize some former conference rivalries that have been dormant to varying degrees over the last decade. And no rivalry being rejuvenated with the Longhorns in the SEC is bigger than Texas and the Texas A&M Aggies.
Texas A&M QB Jaylen Henderson throws shots Texas football's way
We are already seeing the off-the-field discussion and trash talk begin early this offseason for this rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M. One Aggies quarterback specifically got the rivalry trash talk underway with the Longhorns with some comments he made on TexAgs earlier this week.
"He’s a good coach. He lets his staff do a good job coaching the players. And I’m just lucky he brought me in to Fresno, he recruited me there."
Texas A&M redshirt sophomore quarterback and former Fresno State transfer Jaylen Henderson spoke on Texas and the College Football Playoff in part of his time on TexasAgs this week. Since he is a former Fresno State transfer, he talked about being recruited by former Washington head coach, now with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Kalen DeBoer.
But it didn't take long in this interview for Henderson to bring up Texas in the College Football Playoff. Despite throwing gracious remarks about the former head coach that recruited him to Fresno State, Henderson wasn't primarily rooting for DeBoer and the Huskies in the CFP.
"It didn’t really matter to me. I’m just happy Texas didn’t get there and win."
Obviously, you wouldn't expect most Texas A&M players and fans to be rooting for their in-state arch rivals. But this is another great example of how the Longhorns' success entering the SEC is living rent free in Aggies' heads.
Texas and Texas A&M will finally meet on the field for the first time since 2011
After over a decade of Texas and Texas A&M hashing it out over social media while the rivalry on the gridiron laid dormant, we'll finally see who reigns supreme when these two teams meet in College Station this upcoming season.
Texas will be coming into this season in the SEC with the title expectations coming off the CFP appearance and the Big 12 title last fall. Texas A&M, meanwhile, is entering a new period for the program with Mike Elko replacing Jimbo Fisher as the head coach in College Station this offseason.