This week features a match up of the two oldest public universities in the State. And you probably can’t guess at least one of them. For the first time in 140 years, Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M will meet at Kyle Field on Saturday. Although the schools are only about 45 miles apart, more than geography has separated the two institutions. Texas’s first public universities were created by the same legislation, but separated by race for more than 100 years.
As far as football goes, the two programs are vastly different. PV suffered through the longest losing streak in college football history losing 80 straight at one point. TAMU has been a regular in the Top 25 for decades. It’s the first time that the Aggies will play a Southwestern Athletic Conference team from one of the historically black colleges. For PV, it’s the first time they will have played a team from one of the Power Five conferences.
Kudos to A&M System Chancellor John Sharp for making this game a priority. Red hopes that PV takes away something more than the $450,000 boost for their athletic program. Chancellor Sharp has similar sentiments.
“The money part is not the most important thing. It’s being associated with a great university. Playing in a game like that is something that enhances their reputation.”
Still it seems unlikely that the Panthers can keep pace with the Aggies, but it might be a more competitive game than expected as PV has turned its program around. Red calls TAMU 42 PV 22.
On a final note, is there a university out there with a more romantic sounding name than Prairie View? Only Bowling Green comes to mind.