Many people already called it a night before Saturday nights epic Texas A&M-LSU game came to a conclusion — seven overtimes and nearly five hours later. But our pollsters burned the midnight oil and watched what was arguably the game of the year, and they left very impressed with the Aggies win over top-ten LSU.
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Even though Texas punched its ticket to the Big 12 Championship Game on Friday and left last weeks Best in Texas poll as the unanimous No. 1, four of our 12 voters changed their No. 1 picks from Texas to Texas A&M in our final poll of the regular season.
By still getting the remaining eight votes, Texas remained No. 1 for the 10th straight week. But A&M closed the gap between 1st and 2nd from 12 points and four.
TCU, which completed its end-of-season run by beating Oklahoma State to become bowl eligible, rose two spots to No. 3. Baylor, which joined TCU in grabbing a sixth win and becoming bowl eligible, also moved up two spots to No. 4.
With those schools rising, others have to fall. Texas Tech, which ended up missing a bowl game and opted to fire Kliff Kingsbury Sunday morning, dropped three spots from No. 3 to No. 6, and Houston dropped a spot from No. 4 to No. 5 after losing its crucial AAC matchup with Memphis.
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1. Texas: 140 (8 first-place votes) 2. Texas A&M: 136 (4) 3. TCU: 118 4. Baylor: 108 5. Houston: 90 6. Texas Tech: 88 7. North Texas: 76 8. SMU: 60 9. UTSA: 48 10. Texas State: 36 11. Rice: 24 12. UTEP: 12
Best in Texas panelists (click names to view their Twitter accounts): Ben Baby, Scott Bell, Chuck Carlton, Trenton Daeschner, Spenser Davis, Reece Graham, EJ Holland, Selby Lopez, Alex Miller, Jose Rodriguez, Kevin Sherrington, Brett Vito.
POSTGAME | #LSU director of player personnel Kevin Faulk and an unknown man with what appears to be an #Aggie bench credential throw punches on the field after @AggieFootball defeated @LSUfootball in 7-OT @theadvocatebr pic.twitter.com/H7EvCNmoIv
Texas will be making its sixth appearance in the Big 12 championship game (2009, 2005, 2001, 1999, 1996) and is 3-2 in its previous appearances, winning the last two games. (Chuck Carlton)
Former New England Patriots star Kevin Faulk, the now-director of player development for LSU, was involved in an on-field postgame scuffle after the team lost to Texas A&M Saturday, according to NOLA.com.
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It took 74 points on offense, seven overtimes and nearly five hours of game time, but Texas A&M finally snapped its losing streak against LSU. The tables are turning in College Station. (Alex Miller)
Jalen Reagor set a TCU record with a touchdown catch in a seventh straight game and the Horned Frogs are going bowling after winning three of their final four games of the season. (Dean Straka)
The Bears are going bowling following a 1-11 season in 2017. They will likely be the underdog against whoever their opponent is, but its still a step in the right direction for the program. (Selby Lopez)
Even the return of DL Ed Oliver wasnt enough to help Houston defeat Memphis and clinch a spot in the Americans title game. Memphis won 52-31 to clinch the American West. (Ben Baby)
Earlier in the contest, LSU coach Ed Orgeron was prematurely doused with Gatorade after the Tigers appeared to have a clinching interception in the fourth quarter. But the play was reviewed and it was ruled that Mond's knee was down before the throw, keeping the Aggies alive and setting up the wild finish.
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McLane Carters gutsy performance, practically on one foot, wasnt enough to earn bowl eligibility for the Red Raiders. Now Techs focus shifts to its upcoming coaching search. (Selby Lopez)
Mond connected with Quartney Davis on a 17-yard throw to tie it at 72. Greedy Williams was called for pass interference on the first 2-point conversion try, giving the Aggies (8-4, 5-3, No. 22 CFP), another shot. After a false start by Texas A&M, Mond found Rogers for the conversion to end it.
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UNT won a thriller over UTSA 24-21 when the Roadrunners missed a potential game-tying field goal at the gun. The Mean Green have won nine games for the second straight year. (Brett Vito)
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For the second time in three seasons, the Mustangs failed to become bowl eligible in their season finale. In the words of head coach Sonny Dykes, “We got exactly what we deserved.” (Reece Graham)
The Roadrunners rallied from down 17 before falling just short against North Texas. UTSA lost six straight to close the season and its 3-9 record matches 2015 for the worst in program history. (Jose Rodriguez)
Texas State dropped its final three games of the season and finished with a 3-9 record overall. With Everett Withers out as head coach, the Bobcats are set to go into full rebuild mode. (EJ Holland)
The Owls closed their season on a high note, snapping their FBS-worst 12-game losing streak by beating an Old Dominion team that took down North Texas earlier this month. (Scott Bell)
The Miners ended their season on a three-game skid, falling to Southern Miss in the season finale. UTEP finished the year 1-11 and remained one of the worst teams in college football. (EJ Holland)
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