October 18, 2006

Scouting the Aggies

What's the difference between 6-1 and 3-4?

About 16 points.

It's been a series of close calls for Texas A&M this season, but the Aggies have managed to pull them out (save the Texas Tech game) so far, cooling off the hot seat Dennis Franchione has been on. The national polls have taken notice, as the Aggies are ranked coming into their game against Oklahoma State on Saturday night. The Aggies are coming off a big 25-19 home win against Missouri, who was previously unbeaten on the year.

The Cowboys earned a big win on the road last weekend and kept their bowl hopes alive. Now they come back home for the first time in a month looking to continue the winning trend. A&M will give OSU a chance to post a home win over a ranked opponent.

2005 record
: 5-6 (3-5 Big 12)
Record so far this season: 6-1 (2-1 Big 12)
Top returning player: Taking over for the departed Reggie McNeal meant filling some big shoes, but Stephen McGee has done a pretty good job so far. Coming into this weekend, McGee has 1,346 yards passing, seven touchdowns and one interception. He may not be seen as the same rushing threat that McNeal was, but he has 279 yards on the ground with two scores in 2006.
Current ranking: No. 23 in the AP poll
Fact of the week: Why do I crack on A&M so much? It's due to stuff like this, which I took from the A&M traditions page at www.tamu.edu: Reveille is the most revered dog on campus. Company E-2 has the privilege of taking care of Reveille. If she is sleeping on a cadet's bed, that cadet must sleep on the floor. Cadets address Reveille as "Miss Rev, ma'am." If she is in class and barks while the professor is teaching, the class is to be immediately dismissed. Reveille is also a five-star general and leader of the Corps. of Cadets. Past Reveilles are buried near the stadium with a doggy scoreboard in view so they can always keep up with the Aggies. No word on if Aggie students have marathon Lassie viewing sessions on weekends, though.

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