How Does the USA Today Preseason Poll Alter Texas A&M's BCS Path?

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 15: Christine Michael #33 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs during a game against the Baylor Bears at Kyle Field on October 15, 2011 in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Baylor Bears 55-28. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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The USA Today Coaches' Poll is out and the Texas A&M Football team is in the "others receiving votes" category. The placement of the Aggies in the unranked category will have very little effect on their path in 2012 towards a BCS bowl or the BCS Championship Game.

The reality of the situation is that it would take a miraculous run of no injuries for the Aggies to even consider making a BCS bowl. The A&M football team would have to have everything go right for 12 games.

That means that every questionable call from the officials would have to go the Aggies way. The ball would have to bounce in A&M's direction in every game. It is simply unrealistic to expect that many breaks to go in one team's direction for an entire season.

The Ags' current place out of the poll has no effect on their chance at winning the BCS title. With the tough schedule that A&M faces, if they win all of their games they will climb into the top two of the rankings and into the BCS game.

The reality of the situation is that if the Ags go 8-4 in 2012, then that qualifies as a tremendous year. They simply do not have the depth on the defensive line right now to compete for a division, conference or national title.

The Aggies have two solid starting defensive tackles. After that, there are major question marks. Whenever the starters need to rest during a game, the possibility exists that the opposition is going to gash the A&M defense with the run.

You have to be able to run the ball and stop the run in order to win championships. Right now there are no guarantees that A&M can stop the rush. In a conference where everyone tries to pound the ball on the ground, this is a major issue.

If the Aggies had national championship aspirations in 2012, then the lack of a preseason ranking would be a major issue. If you are ranked in the preseason top five, then you have some leeway as the season goes on. You can afford to lose a game and remain in the national title race.

If you are unranked like the Aggies are, then there is no margin for error. This is simply not a problem that A&M fans have to worry about in 2012. The focus of the Aggie players, coaches and fans should be to become bowl eligible in 2012.

As long as Kevin Sumlin continues to recruit well and build the program, the Aggies should be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. Right now they are not a national title contender, so their lack of presence in the coaches' poll has no effect on their season.