Familiar Foes, Substantial Stakes
Mizzou looks to stay atop the SEC East at Texas A&M.
After 16 seasons as conference mates in the Big 12 and two in the SEC, Missouri and Texas A&M — football opponents 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in College Station on the SEC Network — know each other well.
Those who win in November will be remembered, as Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel is fond of repeating, and it rings true as the Tigers (7–2, 4–1 SEC) aim to remain in first place in the SEC East with a win against the Aggies (7–3, 3–3). Mizzou’s 28–20 victory against Texas A&M Nov. 30, 2013, at Faurot Field clinched the division for the Tigers and paved their way to the SEC Football Championship Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M’s former president, was inaugurated as MU’s 22nd chief executive officer Sept. 18, 2014. During his time at Texas A&M, Loftin guided the university as it preceded Mizzou moving from the Big 12 to the SEC. He wrote a book about the process titled The 100‐Year Decision: Texas A&M and the SEC (Dog Ear Publishing, 2014).
The commonalities between the institutions don’t stop there. Read on to discover more.
— Marcus Wilkins
Founded: 1876 (public)
Enrollment: 53,000 (44,839 undergraduate)
President: Mark A. Hussey (interim)
Size: 5,500 acres, main campus; 150 courses of study through 10 colleges and 18 research institutes; five libraries; the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum; five art galleries; a 350‐acre research park; one veterinary hospital
Pride: Texas A&M, one of the premier research institutions in the U.S., was among the first four universities to hold the triple distinction of being a land grant, sea grant and space grant university.
Community: College Station, Texas, population 100,050; located a three hour drive from five of the nation’s top 20 largest cities; a finalist in the Rand McNally competition for the nation’s friendliest town
Colors: Maroon and white
Mascot: Reveille VIII, a Collie
Nickname: The Aggies
Did You Know? Texas A&M was the first public higher education institution in Texas. Although symbolically linked to the university’s previous name, the “A” and “M” no longer stand for “Agricultural and Mechanical.” A&M is also among the nation’s five largest universities.
Campus Treasures: The Bonfire Memorial celebrates the history and spirit of A&M. It is dedicated to those involved in the tragic collapse of the school’s 1999 bonfire.
Traditions: The 12th Man, a nickname for the Kyle Field crowd that implies its enthusiasm gives the football Aggies an “extra player,” includes the tradition of standing throughout the game.
Muster, the most solemn and visible campus tradition, is a yearly tribute for students who have passed away. The ceremony includes buglers and a 21‐gun salute to honor the dead.