2013 Results: 9-4 4th in the West (4-4); won Chick-Fil-A Bowl over Duke
2013 Highlight: Won Chick-Fil-A Bowl over Duke after trailing 38-17 at halftime
2013 Lowlight: Losing at home in the “Game of the century” to Alabama.
2014 Outlook: So begins life without Johnny Football. If at all possible he has been “replaced” by Kenny Hill as the new starter and it all plays out in game one of the season on the SEC Network. The Aggies do return a very good offensive line and that should help Hill immensely. Kevin Sumlin hopes his offense can keep rolling along and help his team compete in the SEC.
Biggest Issue to Solve: Defense. This could quite possibly be an understatement, but the Aggies defense was horrendous last year. Here’s proof; they allowed a 41% conversion rate on 3rd down, ranked 12th in the conference in pass defense, last in redzone defense, last in rushing defense, last in scoring defense and last in total defense. Should I go on? If the defensive problems aren’t fixed this year A&M has no chance to compete in the conference.
Key Players: RB Trey Williams, DB Deshazor Everett and OT Cedric Ogbuehi
Most Important Game: Oct. 11th vs. Ole Miss; this will be their first home conference game of the season and it’s not far outside the realm of possibility that they could already be 0-3 going into this game.
Media Prediction (SEC finish): 6th SEC West
My Prediction (SEC finish): 6th SEC West (3-5)
My Overall Record Prediction: 6-6
Why?: A&M starts the season ranked in the top 25, but I don’t see them staying there very long. I think they lose 2 of their first 3 conference games at South Carolina, vs. Arkansas and at Mississippi St. That’s why the Ole Miss game is critical. The inexperience at quarterback won’t hurt them as much as the poor defense will. Teams that don’t play defense in the SEC don’t do very well.
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