Saturday, September 29, 2007

Texas A&M vs. Baylor

The Aggies open up Big 12 play today under a cloud of controversy and fears of a bad season. News broke this week that Coach Fran was secretly selling information to boosters for $1200 a year; information that he was withholding from the media and the public. Apparently, this limited secret subscription has been going on for three years in order to "underwrite his personal website," Franchione has discontinued the newsletter since the news came out, but that in and of itself gives the appearance of some impropriety or at least some ethical dilemma. In any event, this is the last thing the Aggies need as the team is coming off a miserable performance against Miami a week and a half ago and embarking on what could prove to be a very poor showing in conference play.

Big 12 season play begins today against Baylor who has seen improvement in the past few years as well as a victory over the Aggies in Waco three years ago. The Aggies need this win at home to give them a boost of confidence before embarking on what will undoubtedly be a vicious road schedule in two weeks. I truly want the players to have success, but I am losing what little faith I have left in Coach Fran. That being said, Gig 'Em Aggies! BTHO baylor!

UPDATE: Ags win by a score of 34-10. From the writeup, it sounds like the passing game got going again but I worry about that since this is only Baylor. Even though they have improved in recent years, they are still Baylor and we will have to play against far tougher defenses this year. The field goal kicker missed a bunch more attempts which does not bode well down the road, but this is still one for the win column.

In other news around the Big 12 and the Top 25, it is shaping up to be a weekend of upsets. Of note in the Big 12, #3 Oklahoma was defeated by unranked Colorado today and unranked K-State is currently beating #7 Texas near the end of the third quarter. There is still a lot of time left in Austin and Texas is a strong finisher, but K-State succeeded in knocking-off the Longhorns at home last year. A victory in Austin would certainly help the perception of the Big 12 North.

UPDATE: Well, Texas did indeed lose in grand fashion but it didn't end there. A total of seven ranked teams lost to unranked or opponents this weekend. Quite a day for the underdog and great day in college football!

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