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Long-standing rivalries come to an end

It’s been said since the first whispers of conference realignment a few years back that the biggest victim in the entire process of conference realignment is tradition.

This week, we get another slice of that cold reality, as two long-term rivalries occur for perhaps the final time, with the Texas Longhorns taking on the Texas A&M Aggies, and the Kansas Jayhawks facing off against the Missouri Tigers.

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FBS History

Kansas-Missouri is the second-most played rivalry in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision, ranking only behind the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers. The Aggies and Longhorns will stand alone in third on that list on Thanksgiving night.

Both rivalries appear to be victims of conference realignment, as there are currently no plans to continue either after the Aggies and Tigers move to the SEC next season.

The Aggies and Longhorns first played each other in 1894, tied with Missouri for Texas’ longest active rivalry. Technically, the Aggies played the Longhorns two months before the Tigers did that year. Both schools will depart for the SEC next season, ending both rivalries, at least for now.

Missouri will no longer face four different opponents with which it has rivalries over a century old. Along with Kansas; Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma will be off the Tigers’ schedule with their move to the SEC.

The Longhorns and Aggies have played each other every year since 1915. The rivalry itself began in 1894, a 38-0 Texas victory, making this rivalry older than Oklahoma’s statehood.

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Year Teams First Met

In the year 1894, when Texas and Texas A&M first played, Williams Kennedy Dickson received a patent for the first motion picture film, Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time, and Norman Rockwell was born.

There aren’t many major rivalries in American sports that go back as far as the Aggies and Longhorns. The Missouri-Kansas rivalry actually dates back to the Civil War period, and involves wartime fatalities and an infamous raid on the city of Lawrence.

It’s difficult to imagine these archrivals not playing anymore. One thing is for certain: the intensity should be ratcheted up in both College Station and Kansas City this week.