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If Arizona State's and Illinois' seasons could be described as a tale of two seasons, then one could say Texas A&M's season was a tale of two halves.
In the preseason, the Aggies were considered the main opposition to stopping Oklahoma from capturing another Big 12 title, and they were even a dark horse national title contender.
The Aggies rose to eight in the polls before a Top 10 matchup against Oklahoma State. That's when A&M's second half miscues began rearing their ugly heads.
The same thing happened against Arkansas in a battle of former rivals. And again with Mizzou.
Then A&M went to Norman, a very difficult place to win. Despite that, the Aggies were only down by three at halftime. Again, however, Texas A&M allowed its opponent to outscore it in the second half.
Texas A&M then had to face a resurgent Kansas State squad on the road. The Aggies and Wildcats were tied at the half. And, at the end of regulation, the score was still tied. The game went all the way into a fourth overtime, when K-State took and held the lead and got the win.
But the ultimate heartbreaker occurred on Thanksgiving Day. That day, the Aggies hosted the rival Texas Longhorns. Again, the Aggies built a first half lead and again their opponent came back to win. The fact that it was Texas and the last game in the rivalry for the foreseeable future made the loss that much worse.
Instead of going 11-1 and earning a BCS berth, the Aggies were relegated to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Northwestern. And, as you can probably already guess, the Wildcats outscored Texas A&M in the second half. The difference? The Aggies actually won by building a big lead in the first half.
A 7-6 season didn't sit too well with the people of College Station, and ultimately head coach Mike Sherman was let go.