The script plays out perfect for Lone Star Conference officials.
Schedule West Texas A&M and Tarleton State to meet during the last week of the regular season and there will always be something big on the line.
Texans vs Buffaloes 3 is no exception.
It fits the bill as the grand finale for a grand conference.
The Lone Star Conference deserves a perfect theatrical finish.
The league leads the nation with four representatives in the top 25.
For two weeks, the LSC featured two top 10 teams.
The South Division of the LSC is one of the toughest leagues in the country.
Perhaps Eastern New Mexico is the best example. The Greyhounds were 4-0 and receiving votes in the coaches poll, and now they're 4-6.
Welcome to the South.
Yes the Lone Star Conference, which has steadily progressed in its marketing campaign since Stan Wagnon took over as commissioner, deserves to finish its season with something special, and no game fits the hype better than this.
West Texas A&M is two-time defending LSC champs and has already secured at least a share of a third straight crown.
Tarleton needs a win to claim a share of its fifth division title in seven years and a piece of conference royalty.
In Tarleton's only loss to Abilene Christian, one single play at any of a handful of moments could have swung the homecoming shootout at Memorial any number of ways.
We're that close to having a confrontation of two undefeated top 10s.
But Tarleton is tired of being that close. If the 2007 season is indeed supposed to be about Breaking Through, the breaking had better happen on Saturday.
A grand finale.
Less than a touchdown has separated West Texas A&M and Tarleton for the past two seasons, with both scores finishing in the Buffaloes' favor. It was 30-26 in Stephenville in 2005, followed by 21-16 in Canyon last year.
Both of those losses knocked Tarleton out of playoff contention, and a third straight defeat would do the same to the Texans.
West Texas A&M is ranked No. 3 in the region and is all but guaranteed of a spot in the Southwest bracket. Tarleton State is No. 7 and must win for the Sunday selection show to have any local meaning.
Tarleton State is hoping the third time's the charm for Coach Sam McElroy and the Texans. If not, the 2007 season will take a sour turn from breaking through to being through.