Aggies Shouldn't Look Past Jayhawks

The Texas Aggie football team has dropped three consecutive games to three ranked teams. On Saturday, the Aggies finally get a break facing a 2-4 kansas team that has been outscored 114-14 the past two weeks. However, Aggie Websider's David Sandhop says that the Aggies better not drop their guard going on the road for a Big 12 game

Over the past month, Texas A&M has dealt with a difficult stretch in the schedule facing three straight ranked teams with explosive offenses and formidable defenses. The Aggies played an Oklahoma State offense that ranked No. 1 in the nation. The following week, they squared off against all-American quarterback Ryan Mallet and the No. 2 rated Arkansas passing offense. Last week against No. 19 Missouri, the Tigers brought a balanced team into Kyle Field with the nation's No. 43 offense and the No. 29 defense.

So you might think head coach Mike Sherman and the staff may take a breather this week against a struggling Kansas Jayhawk team under first year head coach Turner Gill. On paper, it does appear that the Aggies have caught a good break in the schedule and a good opportunity to stop the current three game losing skid. After all, Kansas has been outscored 114-14 in their previous two Big 12 games against the likes of Kansas State and Baylor – improving programs but certainly they aren't to be confused with the upper division of the Big 12 Conference. The national numbers aren't too kind to the Jayhawks either, ranking No. 88 in total offense and No. 85 in total defense. But all that doesn't matter to Sherman, who coached with Gill at Green Bay and knows what he can do.

"Turner Gill worked for me at Green Bay. He's a high quality man with a great work ethic and he's a good communicator," Sherman said. "He has a quiet confidence about him and a set of values that makes him a good coach. His team will be prepared and ready to play on Saturday."

History also suggests that the Aggies shouldn't take Gill and his team for granted. In the season opener, Kansas was stunned by non Division I opponent North Dakota State 6-3. The following week, nationally-ranked Georgia Tech paid a visit to Lawrence and many observers felt the No. 15 Yellow Jackets would have an easy time disposing of the Jayhawks. But surprisingly, Kansas took down the ACC title contender 28-25.

Of course, any team on a three game losing streak shouldn't take any opponent for granted, especially on the road. While on paper Texas A&M has the superior numbers, the most important stat is the conference standings and both the Aggies and Jayhawks are at the bottom looking up at 0-2. With a brutal November schedule against Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas still looming, Texas A&M desperately needs to take care of business on Saturday or face a meltdown that will be hard to recover from in 2010. An impressive road win could ignite some momentum for the home stretch and salvage what has been a disappointing third year in the Mike Sherman era.

Injury Update

On Monday, starting offensive guard Evan Eike was officially listed as questionable after suffering a severe high ankle sprain in Saturday's game. However, he was still on crutches during Tuesday's practice so all signs point to true freshman Jake Matthews getting his first collegiate career start. Matthews came in at right tackle after the injury and starter Brian Thomas shifted to Eike vacated guard spot.

CB Terrence Frederick hurt his shoulder in the first half and missed several series before returning to the game in the second half although he was noticeably favoring the injured shoulder. He's listed as questionable for the game and was held out of practices early in the week. If he can't go, Dustin Harris will take his spot and Lionel Smith will be the nickel back.

CB Coryell Judie also left the game briefly with what appeared to be a re-aggravation of his shoulder that was surgically repaired last season. He returned to the game and he's expected to start for the Aggies against Kansas.


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