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A new day dawns in the Big 12 Conference

By Cedric Golden Published: November 7, 2010
/articleid/3512259/1/pictures/1235761">Photo - Texas A&M's Andrew Weaver, right, and Damontre Moore celebrate after the Aggies beat OU.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Texas A&M's Andrew Weaver, right, and Damontre Moore celebrate after the Aggies beat OU. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The Aggies, picked third to finish in the South, are a player. At 3-2, they have realistic expectations of winning this conference and getting to a (gulp) BCS bowl game. After all, they just defeated the one team that has dominated the South for the better part of a decade, and they did it with big plays on both sides of the ball.

If the Aggies win the rest of their games, and their three remaining opponents (Baylor, Nebraska and Texas) are suddenly beatable, Aggieland will go nuts if this team ends up playing for a conference title at Jerry World next month. That's assuming the tiebreakers break A&M's way, and in this crazy conference, you never know.

Big wins like these are often referred to as program turners and it's an appropriate description, especially when a team has signature moments in an important stretch of the season. The 30-9 home loss to Missouri was a low point, but this team has responded with three straight wins and hasn't skipped a beat since losing running back Christine Michael to a season-ending leg injury.

Some believed before the year started that this would be a make-or-break season for Sherman and if that was indeed the case, he has taken large steps to putting a check mark in the 'Make' column. It took guts to yank starting quarterback Jerrod Johnson from the starting lineup and replace him with Ryan Tannehill. When the final story is written on the 2010 season, that move could turn out to be the most important decision of Sherman's college coaching tenure. On a night of celebration, the biggest cheer came in the third quarter when the video screen revealed the Longhorns were trailing at Kansas State, 31-0. Who would have thought it? Texas A&M beat Oklahoma by two touchdowns and Texas got drilled by Kansas State.

That's called a perfect day in College Station.

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