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Any coach will tell you that quickly jumping out to a large lead is always a good thing.
Texas A&M has been able to do exactly that these past two weeks against two very good football teams. The problem for the Aggies is that for some reason those leads disappear in the second half, and the Aggies just collapse.
We know it can't be a lack of experience. It also can't be a lack of talent.
The only thing that comes to mind that actually makes sense is a lack of motivation.
The culprit for that lies with both the coaches and the captains on the field.
The Aggies have some of the most talented players in the nation, and when the season began, the Texas A&M name was being thrown around with the likes of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State when ti came to Big 12 championship talk.
All of that seems like a distant memory after two epic second half collapses.
The lesson should be well-learned by the Aggies defense by now: no lead is safe.
Just because the Aggie offense has been able to build up sizable leads in the first half doesn't mean the defense can completely fall asleep at the switch.
Similarly, it seems like the A&M offense has been thrown into neutral after building a massive lead.
Again, it's not a lack of talent that should cause concern in the minds of the A&M faithful. At the end of the day, the leaders of the program—coaches and players alike—need to look in the mirror, and figure out why they haven't been able to properly motivate their players and teammates in the second half of football games.