The party has already started in Waco. The tailgates are in full swing, and the Baylor fans are celebrating with the locals on Valley Mills Drive. The Bears are a touchdown favorite over Texas A&M for the first time in a quarter century, and you can bet that the Baylor team has been made aware of that fact very clearly. For the first time in many of your lifetimes, the pressure is on the Bears to perform and not let their hungry fans down. It's a role this program is not used to, and I think they will play tight on Saturday and turn the ball over a few times. Meanwhile, the Aggies should have several offensive playmakers like Jeff Fuller, Michael Goodson, and Terrence McCoy back at full strength and I don't think Baylor can stop A&M from scoring. What does concern me about this game is the likely absence of Trent Hunter who would have been the player responsible for coming up and stopping Robert Griffin, Baylor's elusive freshman quarterback. Griffin will get his yards and he'll get his scores, but I also think he turns it over just enough for the Aggies to prevail in a high-scoring game.
Texas A&M 34
This is what it's come to. The Battle of the Brazos will decide who finishes fifth and sixth in the big 12 south this weekend and it should be a pretty evenly matched game. The big question for the Aggies is, can they contain the explosive Baylor quarterback with their makeshift defense. Personally, I don't see it. The Aggies will score some points, but will they be able to match that of Baylor?
It will likely be an ugly game that thankfully, only a few thousand people will see in Waco, and the Aggies could pull it out with any combination of forcing four punts or turnovers on defense. Still, I think Vegas is right on this one.
Texas A&M 30
Initially, I was counting this game as a loss in my head. With a glance, the signs look ominous: a powerful running attack for Baylor, close losses to Missouri, and an anemic defense of Texas A&M. However, as I dug deeper into the numbers, I believe that our passing attack can output just as much scoring as anything Griffin can dish out.
This will be a blow by blow matchup, and should provide entertainment well into the fourth quarter. Luckily, if this game comes down to special teams, Baylor's is actually worse than A&M's, and I would not be surprised to see Cyrus Gray run one back for the second game straight. I'm predicting Déjà vu for Aggie fans on Saturday, as Michael Goodson breaks open a long run in the fourth at Floyd Casey to put the game out of reach, and hopefully this time he'll wait a step longer in the end zone before celebrating, and save us all a heart attack.
Texas A&M 41
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