David Sandhop (Hop) -
On the surface, everything seems to be working against A&M in this one. Not only have the Aggies remained winless in Lubbock since 1993, the previous two trips to West Texas under head coach Dennis Franchione have been disastrous. There's the distraction of VIP-gate, and more importantly, A&M's inability to stop the pass so far this year.
However, A&M has been successful at playing keep-away with their ball control, power football. I think Jorvorskie Lane and the rush offense will be very effective Saturday against a lackluster Red Raider run defense that surrendered 366 yards to Oklahoma State and 215 yards to UTEP. The Aggies come into the game with a bunker mentality and nothing to lose, so I think they play well. But they will need a turnover or special teams mistake to pull off the win. I think they get it.
Texas A&M 41 - Texas Tech 38
Dallas Shipp (BigD03) -
Many scoffed at Jorvorskie Lane for making his bold guarantee on Tuesday, but I liked it. He wants to win, and he knows that he's a key component for the Aggies to have a chance in Lubbock this weekend. I think Lane will be effective against the smaller defensive line of the Red Raiders, who haven't faired too well against the run this year. However, Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree will give the Aggies all they can handle on defense.
If the Aggies can survive the first quarter without digging an insurmountable hole for themselves, and get some pressure on Harrell, they will end the streak in Lubbock and give Franchione life for another day. I think they'll rally together and prove that Lane knows what he's talking about.
Texas A&M 38 - Texas Tech 34
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