How Will Aggies Handle Distractions?

Tony Salinas: How Will Aggies Handle Distractions?

The Texas A&M Aggies begin conference play Saturday afternoon in what looks to be there final season in the Big 12. They haven't crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's yet. But, reports are that Texas A&M is serious about moving to the SEC...and the SEC is serious about adding the Texas TV markets into their sphere of influence.

You'd think A&M would be extra-motivated to go out on a high note...which would mean a big effort Saturday on ABC against Oklahoma State. But, a lot of people were saying the same thing a year ago about Nebraska when they were about to move into the Big 10. Nebraska did end up winning the Big 12 North, but they had a lot of flat games where they seemed unfocused.

Nebraska (-10) lost at home to Texas 20-13
Nebraska (-14) almost lost at Iowa State in a 31-30 overtime win
Nebraska (-33) only beat Kansas 20-3
Nebraska (-1.5) lost at Texas A&M 9-6
Nebraska (-11) lost in the Holiday Bowl to Washington 19-7

That's not a team with a chip on its shoulder that was breathing fire week in and week out. That's a team that was acting like life didn't begin until they were finally in the Big 10...and everything else was a waste of time. They missed the spread in regulation by 17, 14, 20, and 23 in the four games above where they were double digit favorites. They're "final game" as a Big 12 team was an absolute embarrassment in their bowl game.

Will the Aggies fall victim to thinking about next year rather than taking care of business this year? I don't get that sense from my reading of the situation. You longtime readers know I'm a Texan. I understand the Texas mindset...whether you're talking about Longhorns, Aggies, Red Raiders, or Horned Frogs (or Cowboys, Spurs, and Rangers for that matter!). I think they're excited about the move to the SEC...excited about sticking their tongue out at Longhorn Nation on their way out...and excited about their current spot in the national rankings.

I should say though that I didn't think Nebraska would pull so many mental no-shows last year. I'm going to be watching this team very closely to see if I can monitor when they're fired up and when they're flat. It could be that this team peaks for their longtime rivals, but doesn't get as fired up for the likes of Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State (remember that everyone plays everyone else in the Big 12 this year because there are only 10 teams at the moment). And, maybe if there are a few early stumbles...THEN the team starts thinking ahead to next year and just plays out the string.

Saturday's Oklahoma State/Texas A&M game has a chance to be a classic. I may or may not release my opinion there to clients. Remember, when you sign up with TONY SALINAS, you only get the exact same games I'm betting the BIGGEST myself. The top plays. I bet a lot of leans personally because I'm action-minded. If I have an edge, I want to bet it even if it's a small edge. That's how pro gamblers make a living. For most of you, it's best to be conservative and focus your bankrolls on only the biggest edges.

I can say that I'll be watching this game closely because it's likely to trigger some big plays on either team sides or totals over the rest of the season. With these guys...and Oklahoma...and improving Texas...and suddenly dangerous Baylor...I could have several major releases in marquee matchups in the Big 12 from this point forward. My Texas roots are really going to pay off this year.

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All the talk of realignment is starting to settle down a bit. I still think the storyline will influence motivation of certain teams during the course of the season. Maybe Syracuse and Pittsburgh lose their focus down the road. Maybe it starts to register with the TCU players that they'll be in the Big East next year. I'm interested to see the look in the eyes of Texas A&M players Saturday afternoon.

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