All that one can know for sure is an upset win over Texas would be the only bright spot in head coach Dennis Franchiones first-year that included historic losses to Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
"Youve got a chance to wipe out some things and go through the winter and get all that straight," Reese said. "(An upset win) would be a big leap for them. Were going to get ready for their best shot."
The depth-thin Aggies have shot themselves in the foot with untimely penalties and critical injuries in 2003. Thats part of the reason why they've now dropped six-of-13 home games at once impregnable Kyle Field. Still, Reese does not easily dismiss the presence of the Twelfth Man at A&M home homes.
"College Station is a tough place to play," Reese said. "(The stands) are close. Its noisy. Your offense cant get your checks and audibles, so theyve got a field advantage there."
The only part of the Texas game plan that Reese divulged was that the team will not lodge at the same Ramada Inn that made for an unpleasant stay in 1999. Players and coaches received prank calls throughout the night and awoke to discover that hotel staff had nor prepared a promised pre-game breakfast.
"That was fun," Reese deadpanned. "We all got calls. We all went through that. Then we went down for the pre-game (meal) and there was no pre-game. Nobody was in the kitchen. Everything was turned off. Not a soul was in sight. But were going to do something other than stay in the Ramada Inn of College Station."
Reese praised A&M QB Reggie McNeal, whom some contend has not developed as a signalcaller since leading the 30-26 upset of Oklahoma last season. In his defense, the sophomore has gone through three offensive coordinators in two seasons. But the Aggies have staggered to a 4-9 mark since the improbable OU upset last November.
Specifically, McNeal has displayed an "overall knowledge of whats happening and where to be," Reese said. "Hes maturing as a quarterback, particularly in knowing where to throw the football. His favorite play is to carry the ball with his feet."
Texas coaches will work on the game plan for A&M this weekend while giving players a three-day pass before returning to practice Monday.
Note: Longhorn lettermen Aaron Humphrey (1996-99) and Maurice Gordon (2000-2001) were guests at practice.