July 26, 2007
A&M looking to stay unbeaten on the road
Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione has been in this position before. Following the 2004 season in which the Aggies finished 7-5 with an appearance in the Cotton Bowl, high hopes were placed on A&M for the 2005 season.
Those hopes came crashing down with a 5-6 season. Then, in 2006, the Aggies rebounded to go 9-4 with an appearance in the Holiday Bowl. So how exactly are the Aggies going to be able to keep this roller coaster ride from hitting another down curve in 2007?
"If you're a writer you have to no reason to be optimistic (about A&M) given our history," said senior defensive tackle Red Bryant. "We've gone from 4-8 to 7-5, from 7-5 to 5-6 and from 5-6 to 9-4, so if history is going to repeat itself you would think we are going to take a step back. We need to take care of the next step. If we play to our ability, it'll take care of itself."
The common denominator in 2004 and 2006 were the schedules. In 2004, the Aggies were considered to have one of the toughest schedules in the nation, but teams such as Clemson, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech were played at home. The 2006 season was the same as the Aggies faced top Big 12 opponents such as Missouri, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Nebraska at Kyle Field.
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