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November 19, 2014

SEC won't allow A&M to play Texas in a bowl game?

In what is the craziest bit of conjecture reporting I've seen in a while, CFT on NBC Sports is reporting the SEC won't allow a Texas A&M vs. Texas matchup in a bowl game. Actually, they are basically rehashing what Chip Brown of Orange Bloods Horns Digest is conjuring up.
Two sources close to the situation told SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs Texas A&M postseason matchup. In short, A&M has too much to lose from a potential loss.
Two sources, y'all! And they are close to the situation.

Maybe this is true, but it would represent the first time in modern history anyone from the SEC office would be 'afraid' of matching up teams purely based on the fear of loss of face. In fact, the SEC has always been most strategic about big picture bowl match ups.

This accusation might sell well in Austin, but it makes no logical sense otherwise, especially considering Texas' very public stance about not playing A&M ever again. The SEC would never tell a bowl to not consider A&M, IMHO, since they have the power to select teams for bowls working with bowl partners. If the conference didn't want A&M against Texas in Houston, they'd simply not put them there, no need for comment.

On top of that, I don't think the conference would be that worried about A&M playing Texas over recruiting advantage. The reasons A&M currently has that advantage don't change with a bowl loss.



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