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Texas A&M, Florida Both Put At Disadvantage By Postponement Of Aggie Opener

In the grand scheme of things — with a Hurricane slowly griding its way across Louisiana — the postponement of Texas A&M’s Thursday night opener with Louisiana Tech in Shreveport is small potatoes.  Very small.  Like, Tator Tots or something.

But this is an SEC site and while we wish everyone in the Gulf safety, we do need to discuss the ramifications of delaying A&M’s game with LaTech until October 13th.

As Josh Ward posted yesterday afternoon, the move means that the Aggies’ new season opener will come at home on September 8th against Florida.  Welcome to the SEC, redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Aggies will have no dress rehearsal before facing what’s expected to be one of the SEC’s better defenses (and we all know that’s saying something).

But there’s a downside for Florida, too.  Yes, you can bet UF’s coaches have looked at tape of A&M’s spring game, but they will now have no actual game footage of Kevin Sumlin’s offensive and defensive plans and schemes in real gameday action.

So while the Aggies will be dropped into the deep end of the pool, the Gators will be flying blind.  (I’m seeing how many cliches I can use in one post.)

Louisiana Tech officials — acting in concert with city leaders in Shreveport — obviously put safety first in deciding to postpone the game.  Good for them.  We’re all for it.

But it’ll still make things a bit tougher on both Texas A&M’s and Florida’s football teams when they meet at Kyle Field in early September.

(As for the Aggies, they’ll also lose their open date on October 13th and will be forced to play 12 consecutive weeks without a break.  That won’t be easy when eight of those 12 games are against SEC foes… including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and LSU.)

 


4 comments
OtownGator
OtownGator

Mr Sec, I’m I the only one wondering how the suspensions of junior linebacker Steven Jenkins and sophomore defensive back Howard Matthews will affect the game?  They are suspended for the first game of the season, which is now UF at home next week. Won’t these suspensions hurt aTm?  Or will Sumlin move the suspensions to Oct 13th and not the opener? If he does, what does this move say about Sumlin?

 

Philip
Philip

 @OtownGator You are definitely not the only one wondering this...  Jenkins is a big-time loss...

Gamecock in ATL
Gamecock in ATL

Maybe I am missing something here, but why didn't they just move the game back to Saturday?

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @Gamecock in ATL There is a game scheduled in the stadium on Saturday. Also, with only 25,000 tickets sold because of the storm, and most of the home crowd folks would still impacted by the storm with a move to Saturday), to hold it this week would have been a huge loss in ticket sales. Don't know about revenue lost from not playing on TV, but the loss in stadium seating would have been big.

 

No brainer. LA-Tech / A&M made the right call. Hard on both teams (LA-Tech loses their opener too, and they are a contender in their conference), both lose their bye weeks, etc. Just my take, but this gives the Gators a huge, not a slight advantage, going into the game on 8 September. John did a good job of giving us the pro's and cons, but you gotta add 3 to 7 points to Florida on this one. 

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