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The Texas A&M football team is 8-4 and not in the College Football Playoff talk, but the Aggies can claim one No. 1 distinction this season.

The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band is No. 1 in USA Today's College Football Fan index for best marching bands.

At its Fan Index page each week, USAToday.com asks readers to vote on several bests of college football. Already, votes are in for best mascots (Ohio State's Brutus), best entrances (Virginia Tech), best uniforms/helmets (Michigan), best road trips (Austin), best fight songs (Tennessee's "Rocky Top), stadiums with best atmosphere (LSU's Tiger Stadium), schools that have produced the best NFL players (USC) and best tailgates (Ole Miss).

A&M got more votes than the famed USC and Ohio State bands, which were ranked No. 2 and No. 3. Texas' Longhorn Band was No. 10.

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., commandant of the Corps of Cadets, responded to the recognition in a A&M-issued release.

"For those of us who have the privilege of watching the Aggie Band perform every week, this recognition is no surprise, as the cadets in the band consistently awe the crowd with their intricate halftime drills at every game, " Ramirez said.

Readers like the 300-member Aggie Band because it's massive and "the largest military marching band in the nation."

The band's intricate military formations "seem to defy physics, " pointed out. The band's cross-cross movement impressed readers.

How is it done? An article in MyAggieNation.com explains: "To complete the original maneuver, two units march diagonally across the field toward each other. Once they meet at a central point, or axis, individual members make a right angle step, eventually creating an 'X' as more members complete the turn. Drill formation software today claims this maneuver is impossible because it would require two marchers to be in the same place at once."

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