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7:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPNU
Ah, back to the realm of FBS-only football.
Texas A&M gets its 2012 inaugural SEC season under way with a potential landmine of a road game.
The Aggies make the trip to sleepy Shreveport, La., to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Why is this game so dangerous? Simply because La. Tech has proven to be a very dangerous team to some top AQ competition over the years.
In 2002, the Bulldogs topped Oklahoma State, 39-36.
Back in 2003, the Bulldogs stunned a Michigan State crowd after most of the fans had left Spartan Stadium, only to learn of the Bulldogs' epic comeback to a 20-19 victory late in the fourth quarter.
In 2008, they knocked off mighty Mississippi State, 22-14, and almost did the same thing last season, as it took Mississippi State to overtime to take care of business.
In 2009, they put a scare into both Boise State and LSU, losing 45-35 and 24-16, respectively.
And last season, in addition to the overtime loss against Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech nearly did the unthinkable against a ranked TCU team in the Poinsettia Bowl.
So what's the secret to the Bulldogs' success?
We're not entirely sure, but it's likely a combination of sleeping opponents and “any given Saturday syndrome.”
But the Aggies are looking to make a real bang with their first impressions in the SEC, and an opening-day loss to a non-AQ upstart isn't in their script.
Texas A&M is returning a boatload of starters, including nine on offense. The Aggies have a talented group of receivers, and the offensive line returns intact to protect new freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The Aggies have also seen this team before, and unlike some of their AQ counterparts, the Bulldogs haven't come close.
The 2012 edition won't be any different.
Texas A&M 37, Louisiana Tech 17