Saturday, November 05, 2005

Getting Prepared For A Long Night

I've been watching football since noon just wanting the A&M game against Texas Tech to get started. The sooner it starts, the sooner it will be over. And speaking of sooner, the Oklahoma Sooners will be using their week off to watch our game and prepare for the Aggies' visit to Norman next week.

Even though our record is 5-3 at this point in the season, it is an utter disappointment. Many people picked to Aggies to be a true challenger to Texas for the Big 12 South title but it turns out that role belongs to Texas Tech (who really can only get it if someone knocks off Texas by Thanksgiving). Instead of challenging Texas, we are entering into a game with one of the worst passing defenses in the country about to face the best passing offense. And it doesn't get any easier after that. The Aggies travel to Norman to play Oklahoma before ending the regular season at home against what looks to be an unstoppable Texas team.

Now I know anything can happen, but the chances of losing the next three games are very high. Three loses would leave the Aggies with a 5-6 record and out of the bowl picture for the second time in Coach Dennis Franchione's three year tenure. It wouldn't be such a big deal if it didn't seem like we were improving last year as we entered the Cotton Bowl against Tennessee, but from the start of that game on to last Saturday against Iowa State, the team has taken leaps in the wrong direction.

I for one wasn't a believer that the Aggies had a big win in them when we defeated the top ranked Sooners in 2002, but they surprised me. But that was a different coach with a different team. I am even less confident that the Aggies can upset the Red Raiders in Lubbock tonight. Time will tell but I am ready with a bottle of liquor to dull the pain of a season spiraling out of control.

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