August 25, 2006

Fearless Predictions: 2006

With the Texas A&M season just a little more than a week away and the majority of August training camp complete, Aggie fans are starting to get a good idea of how the Aggies will shape up this year.

So it's time to look into the crystal ball and see just where the Aggies will finish this season.

A&M opens with a Division I-AA opponent in The Citadel on Sept. 2 at Kyle Field. The bulldogs shouldn't give A&M many problems as they are picked to finish seventh in the So-Con conference by most I-AA pundits.

A&M will be able to work in the new 4-2-5 defense in a game situation and also get young players like Mike Goodson a chance on offense to get a feel for a collegiate game.

This one should be over fairly quickly with a final score that won't be indicative of the season ahead.

A&M 69 The Citadel 13

Unlike in past seasons the Aggies won't have an off week until the week prior to the season's final game at Texas. In their second game the Aggies host Louisiana - Lafayette on Sept. 9.

The Cajuns return a seven players on offense from 2005, but only two on defense and that inexperience will lead to A&M's offense putting up a good number of points.

Louisiana - Lafayette will have a solid offense led by quarterback Jerry Babb, but they are a run-oriented group with a stable corps of running backs that will challenge the Aggie defensive front.

Once again, though, Aggie fans will enjoy a solid effort by the pass defense against a sub-par passing team and pull away in the second half.

A&M 38 Louisiana - Lafayette 17

A&M first "road" game will actually be a neutral site in San Antonio when they face Army on Sept. 16 at the Alamodome. The Black Knights opted to schedule the game in San Antonio to have a bigger gate since this is technically their home game in the home and home series, but expect the Aggie faithful to own most of the Alamodome's seating.

Army has to replace most of their production on offense, but contrary to what many believe this will be a solid test for the Aggies as they try to find their identity in the non-conference season.

The Black Knight defense is nothing to shun, but neither is the A&M offense that will eventually break through to outscore an Army offense that isn't that power packed.

Once again, the improvement in A&M's passing defense is still not known.

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