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Everyone is assuming that A&M will go 4-0 against their non-conference opponents. They are ignoring the fact that the Aggies open the season with Louisiana Tech, Florida and SMU.
Tech returns 12 starters from a team that won eight games. The Aggies have to go on the road on a Thursday night to play in Shreveport on national television. If the Aggies throw a couple of interceptions and give the Bulldogs' high-powered offense extra possessions, the Aggies could suffer an embarrassing loss to start the season.
Florida returns an excellent defense from their 2011 squad. A&M has lost their last seven games against SEC opponents. The Ags will face the Gators in their first SEC game ever. If the Gators are able to squeak out a win in College Station it will elicit a lot of "I told you so's" from the local and national media.
SMU is a very solid program. They were able to move the ball against A&M in 2011 but were unable to stop the Aggies' offense. This is an early season game on the road, and SMU's excellent special teams could be the difference.
If A&M starts the year 0-3, then their bowl hopes will be dashed before the season really gets started.