Texas has a new rival. Or make that an old one.
With the breakup of the annual Texas-Texas A&M rivalry after more than 100 years, the No. 18 Longhorns will face Big 12 newcomer TCU on Thanksgiving night in a renewal of an old Southwest Conference grudge match.
And the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2) acknowledged Monday that not having the Aggies to knock heads with anymore feels kind of weird.
"I miss it a lot," senior free safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "I wish we could play them one more time."
Although the Longhorns and Aggies could still meet in a bowl, the annual rivalry ended last season, Texas A&M's last in the Big 12. Texas won the last game 27-25 on a last-second field goal.
"We ended it the way we needed to end it," junior strong safety Adrian Phillips said.
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