Tuesday, August 28, 2007

4 days and counting....

and It's hard not to get excited for football season without getting too optomistic about the Ags' chances. Lots of experience coming back. The only rough spot is a brutal road schedule (Miami, Lubbock, Norman, Lincoln, and Missouri (fuck I don't know what city they're from).

Still, it's hard not to be excited when you've got this guy in your backfield.

1000 yards, 24 TDs for 2007 is his goal. Hopefully, he can surpass match/surpass that.

But if CFN is right, and we only win 27-14 against Montana State, then we've got major problems.

Montana State at Texas A&M 7:05 PM
Why to Watch: Montana State is no pushover. The Bobcats are coming off a good year, losing to eventual national champion Appalachian State in the playoffs, but on a national scale, they're known more for being the team that beat Colorado 19-10 in season opener. This is a solid, ranked team that'll need everything in the bag to have any shot of pulling off the shocker, but it has a good run defense and a potentially dangerous passing offense. A&M needs to come out roaring to kick off a light first three weeks of the season before traveling to Miami. Anything less than a blowout will get the Aggie nation grumbling.
Why Montana State Might Win: The Texas A&M pass defense will be merely average early on, and MSU will be more than happy to bomb away. Jack Rolovich, a former Hawaii Warrior, threw too many picks after taking over late last year after starter Cory Carpenter went down. They can both throw deep and they're both good enough to come up with a scoring drive or two if and when A&M gets up. The Aggies won't be able to relax even if they get out to a big lead.
Why Texas A&M Might Win: The MSU run defense might have been great last year, but facing the Aggie ground game is a completely different story. The O line appears to be the best yet in the Dennis Franchione era by far, and it'll take eight men in the box to deal with the running tandem of Mike Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane. QB Stephen McGee should be able to crank out short to midrange passes to his heart's content.
Who to Watch: Everything appears to be in place for A&M to have a big year, but there will be several close games and sophomore Matt Szymanski has to produce. Layne Neumann was a rock-solid kicker, while Szymanski waited his turn despite being a highly touted recruit and missing several attempts early on last year. The coaching staff wants to see what the kicking game can do and if it can be relied on. There won't pressure situation in this game that Szymanski will have to deal with later on in the year, so if he misses, the panic sirens will go off.
What Will Happen: The Aggie ground game will keep the time of possession in its favor in a workmanlike, unspectacular win. Montana State will come up with a few big passes to get everyone squirming, but A&M will always respond.
CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 27 ... Montana State 14 ... Line: No Line
Must See Rating: (5 Hef wants you to take his place on The Girls Next Door, but you can’t because you have to watch this game - 1 Cavemen) ... 1

While I think that they're a little (A LOT!) off on the score, I don't think we should have a problem with this team. It is funny that they picked SMU over the techtards. I'll probably be at that game. Should be fun.

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