Saturday, October 14, 2006

College Football Week 7

Today's the day that pretty much defines the rest of the Texas A&M football season. The Aggies are playing the University of Missouri, the team that appears to be in the "drivers seat" to win the Big XII North division title.

The Aggies have played very poorly the few times that I have seen so far this season, and typically worse during those games that I have been unable or unwilling to watch. The team is committing far too many penalties to sustain drives and often moved the ball backwards in it's win over Kansas last week. Furthermore, the coaching decisions at key moments in the game have been very suspect on both offense (vs. Army) and defense (vs. Army and vs. Texas Tech).

Still the Ags are 5-1 (1-1 in conference) with several challenging games left this season and the 6-0 (2-0 in conference) Mizzou is primed to be upset on the road. A well played game and a win against Mizzou would make me more optimistic about our chances with Nebraska and Oklahoma, but a loss would make me worry about all of our remaining games including Baylor.

Today is the first day of the rest of the season! BTHO Mizzou!

UPDATE: Ags win! Despite the odds and this season so far, the Aggies upset a ranked, and thus far undefeated, Missouri. We're not out of the woods yet with two upcoming road games in a row, but as Tim Smith put it in an email this afternoon, the Aggies are now bowl eligible for only the second time in Coach Fran's tenure. What bowl we play in depends on the next several weeks. The trick now is to avoid the letdown on the road against Oklahoma State next week. The biggest regret I have now is losing to a very bad Texas Tech team. If only A&M could have held on for another couple of minutes two weeks ago...


Bubba's Sis said...

Today's game would have been great to go to - nice weather, a great game, and an ever greater WIN! I miss those days of sawing with the students...thank you to Bubba for letting me experience that with him.

Damn those Red Raiders. Hate them. At least they lost today - and badly!

Bubba's Mom said...

Great victory for the Aggies!! I especially enjoyed the poingnant picture of the Missouri quarterback on the sidelines with chin in hand - "who hadn't lost a game since he was a junior in high school" as we were reminded by the commentators several times during the game. Ohhh, the agony of defeat (when it's somebody else!!) So now, let's Beat the Hell outta OK State! Gig Em!