With Spring Practice in full swing, I make my annual SEC predictions for the upcoming 2016 football season.
The Texas A&M football program took the SEC by storm in 2012. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin had an unheralded but talented player at quarterback in Johnny Manziel that SEC defensive coordinators didn’t know what to do with. The Aggies went 11-2 that season, but things haven’t been so great ever since. The Aggies will look to get back to their dazzling ways in 2016. Will they? I don’t really see it.
|Opponent||Home or Away||Predicted Outcome||Wins||Losses||SEC Wins||SEC Losses|
|Prairie View A&M Panthers||Home Win||Win||1|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||Away||Win||3||2|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||Away||Loss||4||3|
|New Mexico State Aggies||Home||Win||4|
|Mississippi State Bulldogs||Away||Loss||5||4|
|Ole Miss Rebels||Home||Win||5||3|
|Overall 6-6, SEC 3-5|
The Texas A&M football team will be breaking in another starting quarterback for the third straight season. In 2014, it was supposed to be the Kenny Hill show. Then in 2015 we were told Kyle Allen would be the guy, until he wasn’t about halfway through the year. Then it was supposed to be Kyler Murray. Now neither of them are on the team.
To try to fix this mess, Coach Kevin Sumlin brought in Trevor Knight, an Oklahoma graduate transfer who can play immediately for the Texas A&M football program. Maybe he will be a nice stopgap for the Aggies, maybe not
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My biggest issue with the Aggies is not the Texas A&M football roster but their head coach Kevin Sumlin. I was never a huge fan of the hire when the Aggies wen in the direction they did simply because I didn’t believe what Sumlin was trying to implement in Houston would have significant long term success in the SEC. Now, he seems to be a walking billboard for bad team chemistry.
Sumlin has built the Texas A&M football program on flash. The SEC has never been built on flash. It has lots of hype, but not much on flash. Sumlin needs to turn this ship around, and 2016 might be his last opportunity to do so.