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Texas HC Steve Sarkisian discusses the return of two rivalries

The Texas Longhorns are heading to the SEC. Perhaps the most exciting part of the move isn’t the conference prestige or donning the SEC logo patch, but the reunion with two of the three biggest rivals.

The Longhorns will face the Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks in 2024. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian highlighted that fact as a reason why he is so excited about his team’s move to the new conference.

“There was so much talk about realignment,” Sarkisian said. “For us, we have won back two rivals. We’re playing Arkansas & Texas A&M again. We are looking forward to. I’m sure they are too.”

The Lone Star Showdown, the rivalry that meant so much to football in the state, is back. If there’s one thing both fanbases could share besides the animus for the other show, it’s the excitement of bringing back the rivalry. The biggest game in Texas returns on November 30.

Likewise, Arkansas adds another former Southwest Conference rivalry to Texas’ schedule. Some may not be old enough to realize that the two teams competed for national championships in the 1960s. The Razorbacks won it all in 1964, handing the Longhorns (10-1) their only loss. Texas defeated the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Bear Bryant in the Cotton Bowl that season. Five years later, Texas defeated Arkansas for a title in 1969.

The games are still important. They could become more meaningful for the first time since the 1990s if all the teams are in the same conference. Texas will look to win the first games of the renewed rivalry in the new-look SEC.

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