Team preview: Texas A&M

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 16, 2005
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(All information as of July 1, 2005)

COACH AND PROGRAM

When Dennis Franchione made his midnight move from Alabama to Texas A&M after the 2002 season, hopes were high in College Station. But a disappointing 4-8 effort in his debut season (2003) had some Aggie fans wanting him to take it back to Tuscaloosa.

Patience was preached to the public by A&M officials, who were quick to point out that Franchione had earned his reputation of being a rebuilder by making significant progress in his second year at every school he had coached at in his career, which now spans 22 seasons.

Franchione -- who ranks as the sixth-winningest active Division I-A head coach with 166 career victories -- didn't disappoint, again working his magic to the tune of a 7-4 campaign in 2004.

Along the way, the Aggies improved in nearly every statistical category, including scoring offense (25.3 in 2003 to 28.4 in 2004), scoring defense (38.8 in 2003 to 24.3 in 2004), and turnover margin (-0.9 in 2003 to +1.1 in 2004). The turnover ratio was particularly pleasing, as A&M finished the season tied for seventh nationally with a school single-season best 13 turnovers.


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