Texas and Texas A&M don’t play anymore. The best their fans can do is compare resumes since the split, gloating about their team’s successes and basking in the failures of their rival.

There has been more basking then gloating.

This weekend, the Aggies and Longhorns play in college football’s biggest games. No. 12 Texas A&M visits No. 1 Clemson and No. 9 Texas hosts No. 6 LSU. It’s a prime opportunity for fans of the estranged rivals (who are so over each other!) to assess which program is winning the breakup.

Since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference, leaving the Big 12 and Longhorns behind, they are 60-31, peaking in Year 1 with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel leading A&M to an 11-2 season that included a victory at Alabama, a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma and a final ranking of No. 5.

The Aggies have not broken nine wins since, but optimism is high in coach Jimbo Fisher’s second season.

That’s an OK run, but compared to Texas, it has been high times in College Station.

The Longhorns are 50-40, with three losing seasons since A&M left. Last year’s 10-4 breakthrough season under coach Tom Herman was the high point, including a Sugar Bowl victory against Georgia and a final ranking of No. 9.

Advantage, Aggies. Both programs seem to be trending in the right direction, but Saturday’s games will be measuring sticks — in part against each other.

The picks:


Marshall (plus 10½) at No. 24 Boise State

Excluding a couple losses to independent BYU, the Broncos have not lost a regular-season nonconference game to a team outside a Power Five conference since 1999 … BOISE STATE 35-21, BEST BET.


No. 12 Texas A&M (plus 17) at No. 1 Clemson

When they played last year in College Station, QB Trevor Lawrence did not start for Clemson and WR Justyn Ross hardly played … CLEMSON 42-21.

New Mexico State (plus 54½) at No. 2 Alabama

Fifty-four and a half!?! … ALABAMA 56-7.

Cincinnati (plus 16) at No. 5 Ohio State

Bearcats coach Luke Fickell, a longtime Buckeye as player and coach, returns to Columbus … OHIO STATE 31-14.

No. 6 LSU (minus 5½) at No. 9 Texas

Longhorns coach Tom Herman’s teams are 13-2-1 against the spread as an underdog since 2015; more importantly, Herman’s teams have won 10 games (five with Texas and five with Houston) as an underdog … LSU 24-17.

Army (plus 23) at No. 7 Michigan

Cadets and Wolverines have not played since 1962, the last of nine meetings from 1945-62; Army won the first five and Michigan the last four … MICHIGAN 38-14.

Tulane (plus 18) at No. 10 Auburn

The Green Wave is not quite a walkover for the Tigers after an emotional victory … AUBURN 41-17.

Northern Illinois (plus 21½) at No. 13 Utah

The Huskies averaged 2.6 yards on 35 rushes last week against Illinois State. Good luck moving the Utes … UTAH 31-6.

California (plus 14) at No. 14 Washington

The Bears upset the Huskies in a defensive struggle last year … WASHINGTON 27-10.

Buffalo (plus 29½) at No. 15 Penn State

The Nittany Lions probably won’t go for 79 against the Bulls … PENN STATE 48-17.

Nevada (plus 23½) at No. 16 Oregon

The Wolf Pack will be greeted by an angry flock of Ducks … OREGON 45-20.

Central Michigan (plus 35) at No. 17 Wisconsin

Could be another stat stuffer for Badgers RB Jonathan Taylor … WISCONSIN 45-7.

No. 18 UCF (minus 10) at FAU

The Knights have scored at least 30 points in 27 straight games … UCF 38-24.

Western Michigan (plus 16½) at No. 19 Michigan State

The Spartans will need to muster a little more offense against a WMU team that can move the ball … MICHIGAN STATE 34-20.

Rutgers (plus 19) at No. 20 Iowa

With Texas Tech transfer McLane Carter at QB, Scarlet Knights have potential for a competent offense … IOWA 42-17.

No. 21 Syracuse (plus 2) at Maryland

This has looked like it could be a tricky spot for the Orange and odds makers obviously agree … SYRACUSE 28-27.

No. 23 Stanford (plus 1) at Southern California

Possible battle of backup quarterbacks in the annual early Pac-12 tone-setter for Cardinal and Trojans … USC 23-20.

No. 25 Nebraska (minus 3½) at Colorado

Tommie Frazier and Kordell Stewart aren’t walking through that tunnel, but the former Big 8 and Big 12 rivals played a thriller last year in Lincoln. Maybe they can repeat it in Boulder … COLORADO 31-28.


BYU (plus 3½) at Tennessee — @BrandonOCook

No way the Vols play that poorly again … TENNESSEE 24-16.

Miami (minus 4½) at North Carolina — @JeffMiles9

Turnover chain vs. Dancing Mack … MIAMI 28-20.

Minnesota (minus 3) at Fresno State — @JEMicklos

The Gophers handed the Bulldogs one of only two losses last season … MINNESOTA 24-23.

Arkansas (plus 6½) at Mississippi — @ARKgolfguy3

It’s early, but this could decide last in the SEC West … ARKANSAS 21-17, UPSET SPECIAL.

North Texas (plus 3½) at SMU — @markwnorris

Points. Lots of points … SMU 42-35.


Season: 21-4 straight; 10-14 against the spread.

Upset specials: 0-1 (straight up).

Best bets: 0-1 (against the spread).


Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast


More AP college football: https://apnews.com/APTop25CollegeFootballPoll and https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

More about: