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UT-A&M Cotton Bowl could happen

It would be a big-time revival of a rivalry that was left for dead at the end of last season.

Darren Carroll

Could the Texas Longhorns meet their departed Big 12 brother Texas A&M Aggies in the Cotton Bowl this year? It's a distinct possibility and one Cotton Bowl officials are giddy over.

The 118-game rivalry came to an end after last season's 27-25 Longhorn victory in College Station. The Aggies' move to the SEC all but assured the teams wouldn't meet on a yearly basis anymore and one of the most intense rivalries in college football was set to come to an end. But Cotton Bowl president and CEO Rick Baker says there would be plenty of people itching for a ticket to a Longhorns-Aggies Cotton Bowl:

"I think we'd have to have two or three stadiums worth of seats for all of the demand."

After dropping two straight games to the West Virginia Mountaineers and Oklahoma Sooners, the Longhorns have won three straight, but not in convincing fashion. The road to a potential Cotton Bowl matchup with the Aggies isn't an easy one. They have a tough home test this weekend with the Iowa State Cyclones, which they'll be starting in the wishbone formation in honor of coach Darrell K. Royal who passed away earlier this week. Texas then hosts the TCU Horned Frogs before heading to Manhatten to face the undefeated No. 2 Kansas St. Wildcats.

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