Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mitakihara Magi players "surprised" at matchup with Texas A&M

Mitakihara Magi players "surprised" at matchup with Texas A&M

By Airi Altinate
The Daily Magi
December 8, 2058


As they watched the BCS Selection Show on ESPN, the members of the Mitakihara Magi football team were confused at the selection of Texas A&M as Mitakihara's opponent in the 2059 BCS National Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Some were talking amongst themselves, believing that Notre Dame was robbed. However, there were a few that were relieved that they didn't have to fight the Irish one more time, this time for their Four Corners.

One of those players was quarterback Dean Amakusa, who took a liking to Texas A&M's high-powered offense. The Aggies defeated Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game, 27-13, to leapfrog ahead of Notre Dame in both the Coaches and AP Polls.

"I was already disappointed that we had to face Air Force a second time this season but the Mountain Division of the Mountain West is really, really weak," Amakusa said. "If I recall, they were the only team in their division with a winning record and the next best team was 4-8 overall. So facing Notre Dame a second time would be unfortunate and for me, I'm relieved we're facing someone different.

"As a matter of fact, it wasn't too long ago that Tulsa looked like the team we were up against, but they ran out of gas late in the year. The good thing about this is that we had some scouts in Atlanta yesterday to evaluate the Aggies and I'm glad Coach sent them out there. We look forward to looking at the tape this week then get set to head to Arizona. As a team, we're still a bit surprised we're facing Texas A&M, but I'd rather look at this surprise as more of a blessing."

Another player that was also happy to face someone other than Notre Dame was cornerback Darren Kujou, who won the Thorpe, the Bednarik, the Nagurski and the Mosi Tatupu Award after another remarkable year returning interceptions, punts and kickoffs.

"I thought we had a much better chance at facing A&M rather than the Irish," Kujou said. "I knew that Texas A&M had a much stronger, more convincing pedigree than Notre Dame, even though they have the best passer in all of college football. We have the best all-around quarterback, and he won the Heisman.

"We think we'll be ready to hold serve against the Aggies but we expect them to lay out all the stops."

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