Big D's Keys to Success

What are the keys to success this week? Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp takes a look at what the Aggies must do to have a shot against the Longhorns.

Series Record:
Texas leads the all-time series 73-35-5, but the Aggies have a 13-12 advantage over the last 25 years.
Series Notes:
• Nineteen seniors, including 15 scholarship players and 10 members of Coach Fran's initial signing class, will play their final game at Kyle Field on Friday.
• Receiver Kerry Franks needs just 66 kickoff return yards to break the single season record for KO return yardage.
Martellus Bennett needs nine receptions to tie the career record for receptions by a tight end (Rod Bernstine).
BigD03's pick:
Texas A&M (+5.5)- The Aggies are going to come out with a chip on their shoulder. All they've heard about for two weeks is who will be the coach next year, but for one day only, they're going to focus on nothing but football.

1. Martellus Bennett
The interior defense for Texas has been shaky at times this year, and the Longhorns have not looked so hot against teams with good tight ends down the middle of the field. Hopefully for the Aggies sake, Franchione and Co. saw that game film and give Bennett enough catches to break Rod Bernstine's record for most career receptions by a tight end. If Bennett is used early and often by the Aggies it will really help open up the rushing attack.

2. Run the ball
Last year, the Aggies ran the ball down the Longhorns throats by being physical up front. Today, the A&M offensive line will be playing like it's their last game together, because well, it is. Look for them to open up some big holes up front for Jorvorskie Lane and Company. If they're able to dominate Texas' defensive line physically, the Aggies could be on their way to back-to-back victories over Director of Athletics Bill Byrne's "friends from Austin."

3. Strike Quickly
It's been a long two weeks for the Aggies, especially coming off back to back losses at Oklahoma and Missouri. An early touchdown would be an extremely welcome confidence booster and allow the fans to get excited about the game. A 7-0 in favor of the Aggies on the video boards would get the crowd into a frenzy and could keep the momentum going from a solid performance on the road at No. 4 Missouri.

4. Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers
It's really pretty simple. Under Franchione, the Aggies win games when they force turnovers. When they lose the turnover battle, they lose the game. Simple, right?

5. Stay focused
There couldn't possibly be any more distractions going on right now around the Bright Complex, yet somehow, these young men will have to suit up and play in front of a sold-out Kyle Field. They've got to stay focused and could really get a boost if they can make a big play on defense early to get the crowd revved up. If the Aggies come out thinking about Franchione's job, or if a decent number of players have mailed in the season, it could be a disaster of epic proportions.

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