SEC: DeLoss Dodds

Poll: Dream nonconference matchup

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The team I wanted to see face Alabama last season in the BCS National Championship was Oregon. It's the matchup the entire country wanted to see.

No offense, Notre Dame fans, but seeing that high-octane Oregon offense go up against Alabama's defense would have made for much better theater than what we ended up getting in South Florida in January.

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Which nonconference matchup involving an SEC school would be the most attractive?

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    31%
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    18%
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    8%
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    15%
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    28%

Discuss (Total votes: 11,201)

Wouldn't it be great if you could play college football matchmaker and turn some of these dream match-ups into realities during the season?

We've come up with five such matchups and want you to select which one would be the most attractive by voting in our SportsNation poll.

Alabama versus Oregon is one of the choices. Who knows? Maybe we'll finally get to see the Ducks and Tide square off in the final BCS National Championship before we go to a playoff in 2014.

Think Florida versus Ohio State would stir a few emotions with Urban Meyer taking on his old team? It would be the battle of Meyer's two dream jobs. Come to think of it, is it possible to have two dream jobs? In Meyer's world, you can.

I realize that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, in all of his arrogance, said recently that Texas gets to decide when Texas and Texas A&M play again. Ask anybody in that state, and it can't be soon enough. Surely we'll see those two old rivals playing again sooner rather than later.

Here's one for you: South Carolina and Steve Spurrier going up against Lane Kiffin and the West Coast version of USC. Spurrier's not the biggest Kiffin fan. Then again, who in the SEC is? Something says the buildup to that game could be as entertaining as the game itself.

Finally, LSU and Notre Dame played 10 times between 1970 and 2006 and are all knotted up, 5-5. It's time to break the tie. Talk about two of the best fight songs in all of college sports and two programs steeped in tradition.

Well, you have the rundown. Tell us which matchup you'd most like to see, and we'll go over results next week.
The fans have spoken, and they're hoping that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds is reading.

Earlier this week, we asked our readers if they'd like to see Texas A&M and Texas renew their bitter rivalry. With more than 17,400 votes cast in our SportsNation poll, a resounding 73 percent of the vote went to having this game renewed in the near future. Only 27 percent said no. My guess is that most of that 27 percent was made up of non-A&M fans or Texas fans.

This debate began when Dodds came out earlier this week and said that he could see the two teams renewing their rivalry at some point, but only on Texas' terms. He sounds bitter over the Aggies' decision to move to the SEC, and he believes Texas holds all of the power in this rivalry.

The funny thing is that Texas A&M would love to play the Longhorns again, and it's not like it clearly benefits the Aggies. But they have that "anywhere, anytime" attitude about the situation, while Texas seems to be letting its ego get in the way of providing players and fans with a great game experience.

The people have spoken, and hopefully the Longhorns are listening ...
Lost in Texas A&M's mighty move to the SEC last year literally was its heated rivalry with Texas.

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Aggies and Longhorns didn't meet last season, and as Big 12 blogger David Ubben puts it: "Thanksgiving weekend just didn't seem the same without the two Lone Star rivals going head to head."

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Should Texas A&M and Texas renew their rivalry soon?

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    73%
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    27%

Discuss (Total votes: 20,246)

I've only experienced this rivalry from the outside, but I've seen my fair share of games between these two schools, and not seeing them play last year really was a shame.

So, could that be changing soon? Well, according to Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, it could be, but only on Texas' terms.

Here's Dodds' feelings on the two schools playing again from The Daily Texan:
“They left. They're the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that's fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don't want to. It's overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there's got to be a period where things get different. I think there's too many hard feelings.”

Now, that's a Texas-sized ego right there.

Basically, because Texas A&M decided its future was brighter in the SEC, Texas now has all the power when it comes to these two schools getting together. Pride is getting in the way of a great rivalry. Texas is mad at Texas A&M for leaving the Big 12, while Texas A&M has made it perfectly clear that it's content with playing the Longhorns.

Dodds added that he doesn't know when the two schools will play again but that he expects "we'll play sometime."

But only if the Longhorns want to, I guess.

It's petty, but now that Texas would have to directly compete with an SEC team every time it faced the Aggies, I can see why Dodds would be hesitant about reviving this rivalry. Think of the recruiting victories for the winning team. Does Texas want to take a chance on losing the type of prospects it's used to getting to the Aggies if it loses to them? And with A&M gaining even more steam after last year, Texas would just hate to have a potential BCS run thwarted by the Aggies.

But, hey, the same could be said for the Aggies, too.

The Horns might be thinking that the negatives outweigh the positives, but you're also taking this away from the players. (Remember, it's all about the kids!) Erasing this rivalry means kids who grow up in Texas and decide to play for either program won't get to play in this storied rivalry. It just doesn't seem right.

What do you guys think? Should Texas swallow its pride and get this rivalry going again? I think so, but let us know how you feel about this Texas-sized mess.

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