The Aggies will be the main course for the feast in Austin tonight. On the menu, Texas has prepared to serve up at least 400 yards through the air, and 200 yards on the ground.
The Texas defense will dine on the Aggie offense, holding them to less than 250 yards.
The Aggies are heading into the annual Thanksgiving Day battle after a substandard 4-7 inaugural season under Mike “Fran” Sherman.
Fran…sounds familiar doesn’t it…? Coach Fran’s first season was also a dismal 4-8 that included a nationally televised 77–0 loss to Oklahoma, the worst loss in A&M's history.
Mike “Fran” Sherman is making his own history this year, by giving up the most home losses, points, and average points per game. He scored the fewest points in a season and averaged the lowest points per season.
To add insult to injury, he is the only coach in the history of Texas A&M to lose five home games, and to give up 66 points at home in one game to the Sooners.
Texas comes in boasting one of its best offensive seasons under Colt McCoy. The Horns have an offense that ranks eighth in yards per game and sixth in points nationally.
The Longhorns also boast a fourth-ranked rush defense, but still allow over 250 yards per game through the air.
Texas should have a field day with the biggest sore spot for the Aggies. The fact still remains that their abysmal “wrecking crew” ranks 113th out of 119 teams, and that doesn’t bode well for the 35-point underdog Aggies.
The one “weak” spot for the Longhorns is the young secondary, which happens to be A&M’s “strong” point.
The Aggies passing attack ranks 24th overall, but that all can be countered by the Swiss cheese like offensive line that has allowed a gaudy 33 sacks over 11 games.
Speaking of an offensive line or lack thereof…the run blocking has been so poor, the Aggies are averaging less than 100 yards a game, which ranks 111th nationally.
We all have things to be thankful for during these holidays. Hopefully the Aggies can be thankful that the Horns do not hang 65+ on them tonight at DKR Memorial Stadium.
My pick for tonight: Texas 52, Texas A&M 24.