The Texas A&M Aggies are in the middle of enduring two straight 11 a.m. kickoffs, but Saturday morning is no place for heated, tradition-rich rivalry games. That’s why when the Aggies face off against those damn sons of bitches the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Sept. 30, it will be where a game of this magnitude belongs: under the lights at Kyle Field, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Aggie time.
I don’t have to tell you how much we hate South Carolina. It’s the kind of hate that only three consecutive years of playing each other can bring. The kind of hate spurned by two teams so evenly matched that one of them has not won a single game. You can’t manufacture this level of ire in a lab or, say, a modestly decorated conference room in Birmingham, Alabama. No, there is a fire that burns so hot between these two fanbases that it is burned into the very fabric of college football. Ohio State/Michigan, Florida/Florida State, USC/Notre Dame, Texas A&M/South Carolina, these are the kind of rivalries that define our beloved sport.
If you still had any doubts about just how big this matchup is, just take a look at the slate of games also selected to air on our prestigious conference network. New Mexico State at Arkansas? Eastern Michigan at Kentucky? Blue bloods from top to bottom. Gonna be a hell of a day.