Texas A&M’s first football game with Texas will be at Kyle Field

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DESTIN, Fla. — Texas A&M doesn’t know what year it will renew its famous rivalry with Texas for the first time. No later than 2025 but possibly 2024. The Aggies know exactly where that will be, though.

“I can’t imagine the atmosphere when this game is being played,” A&M athletic director Ross Bjork told the Houston Chronicle during the SEC Spring Meetings on Thursday. “And it will be played at Kyle Field.”

The last meeting between the Aggies and Longhorns was also at College Station in 2011. Bjork said the old schedule had no bearing on what he called a “new day” – Texas and Oklahoma officially joining the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2025, but possibly a year earlier.

“It’s a whole new day, it’s a whole new league and it’s a whole new format,” Bjork said of A&M setting up the opener with his former Southwest Conference rival and of the Big 12, and therefore playing back-to-back games at Kyle Field. “It’s something that is important to us…”

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Being new to the league with the Sooners, the Longhorns don’t really have a say in the league schedule anyway, Bjork added.

“They realize they’re going to be very, very happy to be in the SEC, and that’s why they made the move,” Bjork said. “They’ll take everything (they can get)…and they don’t have a vote in the process, it’s only current membership.”

He added that UT athletic director Chris Del Conte and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione have attended some of the SEC spring meetings happening this week from afar.

“They know the models being discussed,” Bjork added, indicating whether the SEC chooses a nine- or eight-game league schedule when it becomes a 16-member conference. (But) they don’t (officially) have a vote until July 1, 2025.”

Unless, of course, they join the SEC a year early, and all 14 current members will have voted on upcoming schedules by then, anyway.

So A&M fans can expect a home game in the rivalry renewal, and UT fans can expect a short trip on what is expected to be a Thanksgiving weekend again. to wrap up the regular season.

“The atmosphere will be indescribable right now in terms of how many people are going to be watching, how many people are going to be trying to get tickets to this game, how many people are going to be in standing room only,” Bjork said. “It’s going to be an epic rematch of a great rivalry and whenever it happens, Kyle Field will be the place.”

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