Regardless of what happens next week in Alabama, in its first season in the SEC Texas A&M proved it can hang. At least. It has done the entire state of Texas proud against the "best conference in football, including the AFC".
The decision to go behind former A&M director of athletics Bill Byrne to fire Mike Sherman to bring in Kevin Sumlin looks like a good move. The Aggies' spread offense with Johhny Manziel running all over town can indeed work against the SEC.
The Aggies are 7-2 and 4-2 in the SEC after a 38-13 whuppin' of Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville.
Figuring A&M loses next week in Alabama, the Aggies are going to finish out the regular season 9-3 and 5-3. That should put them in third place in the SEC West. They should be in a position to win 10 games for the first time since 1998 when they won 11.
I never thought this transition would go so well. Call it good timing, a softer SEC West than expected, a better roster than expected, the Aggies are doing it.
Cynics are going to say this is a tainted SEC record because Arkansas and Auburn were both. Phooey. A&M destroyed both of the Hogs and Tigers, and defeated a better-than-expected Ole Miss team on the road. Should A&M have defeated LSU and Florida? Considering the way those respective games flowed, at least one of them.
Unless A&M completely collapses in its final three games, the Aggies' first football season in the SEC has to be considered a success.
(This still doesn't mean I like A&M's decision to leave the Big 12 for the SEC.)
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