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'College Football Loves Rivalries': Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher Excited For Renewed Texas Series

As Texas heads to the SEC, Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher is excited to welcome a new chapter

Few things match the power and prowess of rivalries on a college football Saturday. A week is dedicated at the end of the season to two programs back-talking and causing an uproar on social media before kickoff ensues and bragging rights are handed out. 

Texas A&M's biggest "rival" as of now is LSU, the other SEC West team without a legitimate in-state opponent willing to face them in the final days of November. And while games between the Aggies and Tigers have grown in the Jimbo Fisher era, there's nothing that compares to the Texas-Texas A&M standoff that occurs on Thanksgiving. 

The last time A&M faced Texas, Justin Tucker kicked a game-winning field to end the rivalry in the hands of Hook'Em. All that is set to change when the Longhorns join Oklahoma in the SEC as late as 2025. 

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Fisher arrived in 2018 and has since posted a 34-14 record. His best season came in 2020 when the Aggies finished ranked fourth in the AP poll after a 9-1 record and Orange Bowl victory over North Carolina. 

Both programs seem to be on the rise entering 2022. The Aggies just put the finishing touches on the No. 1 recruiting class in the country this offseason. Meanwhile, Texas thrived in the transfer portal, bringing in prospects such as quarterback Quinn Ewers (Ohio State), tight end Jahleel Billingsley (Alabama), receiver Isaiah Neyor (Wyoming) and defensive back Ryan Watts (Ohio State). 

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Fisher sees the value of in-state rivalries, having been a part of one at Florida State. Rivalries also seem to be at their best when both teams are competitive. On paper, the Aggies and Longhorns should be near the top 10 each season if Sarkisian and Fisher live up to expectations as play-callers. 

"When I was at Florida State we had the Miami and Florida rivalries along with Clemson. When I was at Auburn had Alabama. When I was at LSU we played Auburn," Fisher said. "Our big ones were Alabama and Auburn every year along with Ole Miss. I love rivalry games. I’ve always been very successful in them. I think that is what it is all about.”

The Longhorns have historically dominated the series, owning a 76-37-5 all-time edge over the Aggies.


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