This week look no further than College Station for Red’s TCFGOTW as the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners head to Kyle Field to face the quickly fading Texas Aggies. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Aggies were in the running to make the final four having lost only to unbeatable Alabama (and even looking pretty good for about a half). But they followed that with losses to mediocre squads. Meanwhile, the RR’s are enjoying a decent season by their standards coming in at 6-4 and possibly getting minor bowl consideration with a win over a ranked team. The Aggies are a mere 98.2% favorite in this one, but never underestimate the spirit of a team that has been broken, stomped on, charred a bit and heaved in the dumpster behind the Golden Corral on Hwy 6. The Aggies should cruise to a win, but that is why they play them. Texas A&M 42 UTSA 17.
From the Annals of Higher Learning – In 1876, Gov. Richard Coke dedicated the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas now known as Texas A&M University. It was the state’s first public college. TAMU’s origins trace back to the Morrill Act of 1862. This act provided for donation of public land to the states for the purpose of funding higher education whose “leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanic arts.” In November 1866, Texas agreed to create a college under the terms of the Morrill Act. Actual formation did not occur until the establishment of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas by the Texas state legislature on April 17, 1871. A commission created to locate the institution accepted the offer of 2,416 acres of land from the citizens of Brazos County in 1871. Admission was limited to white males who, as required by the Morrill Act, were required to participate in military training.
Texas and Texas A&M – not so much. Ohio State pulls off a first ever sweep of the 61 first place votes up for grabs in the AP Preseason Top 25. TCU ranks second and Baylor (despite current travails) is in fourth place in the meaningless annual preseason exercise. Ohio State has been top-ranked 7 other times at the beginning of the season and has never won the national championship in any of those years.
Texas comes in unranked but in 38th place in the voting with a mighty 3 points. A&M lands just outside the rankings with 61 points in 26th place.
The Longhorns at least have a chance to move up quickly when they face Notre Dame in South Bend on Labor Day weekend. The Aggies also would get a huge boost from beating a highly regarded Arizona State team in the Texas Kickoff Classic at NRG Stadium in Houston on September 5 and probably would move into at least 15th place. As usual, most of the top 25 play the typical first game assortment of lower division patsies, perennial doormats and conference weak sisters. A handful of the top 25 may face actual tests in the first week. Notable matchups other than Texas v. Notre Dame and A&M v. Arizona State include:
No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech
NO. 2 TCU at Minnesota
And the likely game of the week in No. 3 Alabama v. No. 20 Wisconsin