Entering this season, it was likely more common to believe that the opposite would be true when it came to the end-of-season match up between Texas and Texas A&M. As it stands now however, just a season removed from a national title appearance, the Longhorns need a win over the Aggies just to become Bowl eligible.
For No.19 Texas A&M (8-3), they are jockeying for a potential appearance in a prominent bowl game with a victory over Texas (5-6). The Aggies still have an outside chance at making an appearance in the Big XII championship game, with a win and a loss by Oklahoma State to Oklahoma. Texas A&M would also need to leap both of the teams to get the highest ranking in the BCS rankings. While unlikely, head coach Mike Sherman continues to stress to his team the importance of the Texas game on its own, as the Longhorns have had the leg up in the series over the last several year including a 49-39 win last year.
“The most important thing for us is to worry about the University of Texas and playing a great game,” Sherman remarked. “I’d be pretty proud of our team if we could win Thursday night. After that, we’ll just see what happens, see what they tell us we can do.”
The Aggies have rebounded from a three-game slide midway through the season to win their last five games. Two of those wins came against top-10 opponents in Oklahoma and Nebraska. If not for a field goal loss to Oklahoma State back on September 30, the Aggies would be in control of their own destiny in the Big XII South division.
“The consequences of winning are the expectations get higher,” Sherman said. “We jumped over another hurdle andhave taken another step. We still have another step to take.”
Quarterback Jerod Johnson began the season anchoring this Aggie offense, combined with running back Cyrus Gray. Johnson was the preseason selection for the Big XII offensive player of the season. However, the Aggies have been with Ryan Tannehill since the beginning of November in place of the Johnson, and have been quite productive.
On the other side of the ball, the Longhorns are playing for a bowl game, needing the sixth win to become eligible for a selection.
“If we can do our job Thursday night, there’s absolutely no doubt that we’ll be excited to go wherever,” Longhorn head coach Mack Brown said. “There’s no such thing as a bad bowl.”
The Longhorns were on a four-game slide before getting a 51-17 win over Florida Atlantic this past Saturday. It’s been a far cry this season from the undefeated run last year, but the Longhorns will be playing for their season on Thanksgiving Night.
College Football Betting Odds have set Texas A&M as a three-point favorite over Texas in this one.
College Football Betting Trends indicate that Texas is 2-9 ATS versus a team with a winning record over their last 11 games. Texas A&M is 1-7 ATS in their last eight games that have been held on a Thursday night.
The home team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 games between the two.