WHOOP! It’s time for college football. The Aggies start their 2005 season this Saturday, on the road, against Clemson.
A few differences this year and the last few years:
1. Last year the Aggies finished the season ranked in the top 25. This was the first time in over 5 years the Aggies HAVE been ranked at the end of the season.
2. The Aggies are returning 17 starters!
3. Last year the Aggies played well enough to set a school single-season record with only 13 turnovers.
4. The Aggies are entering the 2005 season ranked 17. This is their highest pre-season ranking since 1999.
If Reggie McNeal improves on his performance last year, and the offensive line is improved I think the Aggies will have a real solid year. After a very tough opener against Clemson they play three programs that would have trouble with the top 5A high school programs in Texas. Then the Aggie schedule gets interesting.
Here are my predictions:
9/3 Aggies @ Clemson — L
9/17 Aggies vs SMU — W
9/24 Aggies vs Texas State — W
10/1 Aggies vs Baylor — W (easily the Aggies biggest blowout this year)
10/8 Aggies @ Colorado — L
10/15 Aggies vs Oklahoma State — W
10/22 Aggies @ Kansas State — W
10/29 Aggies vs Iowa State — W
11/5 Aggies @ Texas Tech — W
11/12 Aggies @ Oklahoma — L
11/25 Aggies vs tu — W (screw you tu fans! no Big 12 title game for you)
If the above happens I’ll be pretty happy with the Aggie play. The obvious problem is the above will also leave the Aggies with another loosing road record. Hopefully, Coach Fran gets his crap together and surprises me with an extra road win (think Clemson or Colorado).