November 13, 2008

Battle on the Brazos big for both programs

When Texas A&M and Baylor meet Saturday at 3:05 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, it will mark the meeting of two teams in transition. While the other four teams in the Big 12 South sit in the BCS top 15, with three in the top five and looking for a shot at a national championship, the Aggies and Bears are slugging through seasons under new head coaches trying to jumpstart programs that have been in decline.

Baylor has been the also-ran of the Big 12 since its inception in 1996, only finishing higher than last place in the Big 12 South once in 2005 when it finished fifth. With a win over A&M Saturday, the Bears would be in position by virtue of a win over A&M to finish fifth for just the second time in school history.

The Aggies, on the other hand, have never finished last in the Big 12 South. A win over Baylor would assure them of bypassing the distinction.

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