When: Saturday, September 20, 10 A.M.
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
What’s at stake: For both teams, there is a lot at at stake. The first thing is starting off the season with a 1-0 conference play record. The second thing for both is leaving Arlington with a 2-1 record, as the loser leaves with a 1-2 record. The final thing is the rivalry’s prize to the winner, the Chennault Cup. For those who do not know, the Chennault Cup is a traveling trophy between Kingsville and Commerce name in honor of World War II General Claire Chennault. He was born in Commerce and spent a lot of time in Kingsville at the Naval Air Station training pilots. This is a big time rivalry for both of us and a lot of pride is on the line. The difference is both squads are in positions they did not expect to be in. TAMUK had a rough year last year, and TAMUC really feels a pressure to score almost 98 points again. Also, kicking off at 10 AM is something that most teams hate to do, but we have to. So, here are thoughts, and predictions.
TAMUK will win if………..
The Lions turn the ball over, force throws, feel they have to score 98 points, do not adjust on defense and do not apply pressure to TAMUK. TAMUC will need to apply pressure on TAMUK and do what they did last year, apply pressure and force TAMUK into turnovers.
TAMUC will win if……….
The Lion offense moves the ball and executes and out scores TAMUK. It is that simple. If A&MC gets the offense moving like the way it was against East Texas Baptist, it is ball game Commerce, but TAMUK is no pushover. It all depends on how well TAMUC executes, and if they do, they will win. That said, it will not be a perfect game, but TAMUC has too much firepower and will improve some on defense.
Texas A&M-Commerce Lions 38
Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas 17