Can the Aggies snap their six-game losing streak against Texas?
Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
OptimistTexas A&M fans in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium will be "starting up the bus" and chanting "overrated" at halftime. Celebrity Texas fan Matthew McConaughey will be sporting an A&M cap by the end of the third quarter. And Ty Branyon will get to finish his A&M football career in style by throwing three second-half touchdowns.
Not only will the Aggies win this game, they will do it in blowout fashion.
Quarterback Stephen McGee, fresh off a much-needed bye week, and freshman running back Michael Goodson will be able to move the ball on the Texas defense all day long with the option.
Once McGee and Goodson advance the Aggies inside the 3-yard line, touchdowns are imminent, because Jorvorskie Lane excels in short-yardage situations.
On the defensive side, the Aggies received some of the best news of the year when it was announced on Monday that Colt McCoy was cleared to play on Friday. While McCoy's numbers in 2006 have been exceptional for a freshman, his abilities as a quarterback limit what Texas can do offensively.
Unlike his predecessor Vince Young, McCoy is capable of just three things: handing off, throwing screen passes and tossing fades to 6-foot-5 Limas Sweed. Look for Danny Gorrer to step in front of a few passes from "weak arm" McCoy and take them the other way for six.
With regard to decision making, 2006 has not been a good year for A&M head coach Dennis Franchione. But history shows that even lackluster coaches can win big games. The defending BCS National Champion Texas Longhorns are a perfect example.
Besides, the law of averages is clearly in Franchione's favor at this point. Though he has had many shortcomings in his A&M career, a pristinely-coached blowout win over rival Texas would aid in balancing out the universe.
The Longhorns won't be able to recover from 66 unanswered points.
Texas A&M 66 Texas 7
PessimistAUSTIN - Rivalry games are funny.
You can factor in the crowd or the hatred between the teams, but the numbers still matter.
Dating back to 2000, Texas has won six games in a row against Texas A&M. By Friday afternoon, it will be seven.
The Longhorns are coming off a cataclysmic loss to Kansas State. Their national championship hopes, though once slim, are now gone. But a chance to win the Big 12 South gives Texas plenty of motivation to throttle the reeling Aggies.
With Colt McCoy cleared to play, the redshirt freshman is liable to set the NCAA mark in touchdowns during the game. He needs three to own the record, and a healthy McCoy should give the Aggies a run for their money.
"I watched this game every year growing up," McCoy said. "It's a game everyone in Texas watches. There's some Aggies in my family, I hate to say it."
The game will come down to whether A&M can establish the pass. Stephen McGee can throw - he proved that by setting records in Burnet with Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley.
But against Texas, it's been proven that the halfback pass can be just as effective.
McGee has moxie. He proved that by running for 108 yards and two touchdowns against Texas last season in College Station.
Texas will see McGee coming this year, and the option won't get it done. However, the Longhorns understand that Texas A&M can run the ball.
The Aggies have a legitimate inside-outside threat with Jorvorskie Lane, a human meat truck, and Mike Goodson. But the Longhorns own the nation's No. 1 run defense, giving up only 42 yards a game.
Unless Texas A&M finds a way to pass on Texas, and granted other teams have, the Aggies will remain winless this decade when it comes to the Longhorns.
Texas 38 Texas A&M 14