Texas A&M at Baylor: Quick glance

"Battle of the Brazos." The Texas A&M Aggies travel to Waco, Texas this week to face the Baylor Bears in the 101st meeting between the two teams. The game kicks off Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium.

The teams: Texas A&M (6-1, 4-0) at Baylor (2-5, 0-4)

When: Saturday, October 30, 2004. Kickoff is slated for 6:05 p.m. (CST).

Location: Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000) • Waco, Texas

Television: None

Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network

Series: "Battle of the Brazos." Saturday's game marks the 101st meeting between Texas A&M and Baylor. The Aggies have a decisive 62-29-9 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to a 33-0 A&M victory in 1899. Texas A&M also leads the series 32-18-6 in games played in Waco. The Aggies currently hold a 13-game winning streak and an 18-game non-loss streak against the Bears.

BU Head Coach Guy Morriss on Reggie McNeal: "He may be the best quarterback we've faced this year. This is obviously his second year in the system. You can see that he's grown quite a bit. He is making good decisions. He's very athletic, got a good arm. That, to me, is where his game has really improved is his passing. He seems to be a lot better passer now than what we faced last year. I think he's more comfortable in the system, and the people around him are more comfortable as well. That's helped him quite a bit. As far as him in the grand scheme of the quarterbacks we've seen, I think you could make at least a statistical statement that he's probably the best quarterback that we've seen."

Guy Morriss on last year's Texas A&M-Baylor game: "I haven't seen it and I haven't said anything about it and probably won't. Last year is last year. This is a new season."

Guy Morriss on Texas A&M's defense: "They are playing better. They seem like they're doing a little bit more, I guess, or maybe it seems that way. They're shifting into different fronts a little more. They're a 4-3 base and they slide it to the overs and unders. They stem down to their version of the 'Bear' look. They can slide into the '34.' They're playing halves. They're playing thirds. They're playing quarters. They're playing the man stuff. They're playing a lot more coverages than we saw last year from them. I think it's just a matter of them maybe growing and they keep expanding the package. I know the defensive line is probably as good-looking a bunch as we've seen, very active. Their secondary is good. They've been kind of really opportunistic. I think they've gotten on seven fumbles, they've got 22 sacks and 10 interceptions. So they're hawking the ball pretty well."

Baylor Note: Baylor's 21 turnovers this season have led to 72 points for the opponent. Meanwhile, the Bears have scored just seven points off five opponent turnovers, all of which came on LB Justin Crooks 9-yard fumble return for a TD against Texas State and the ensuing PAT. Texas A&M has given up just one turnover this season.

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