Remember when Texas A&M was laughed at and told it would be centuries before it is competitive in the SEC?
Well, don't look now, but the Aggies are currently ranked inside the Top 20 of the BCS rankings and have a solid 5-1 record. And while there are still a lot of things to work on and a track record this team must keep up with to become respected, the program that everyone chuckled at is no longer the laughing stock of this conference.
The Aggies do have arguably its toughest test of the season this weekend against the LSU Tigers, a team that seems to have found themselves last week in a victory over South Carolina.
And while a win for the program is going to take its best performance we have seen yet, it is certainly not out of reach seeing the Aggies pull of an upset.
Here is what a victory over Les Miles and company would do for the newbies of the SEC.
The last conference title Texas A&M has won was back in 1998 when Kyle Field held less than 60,000 people and Dante Hall was the running back. A win over LSU will certainly not make this team the favorites in the SEC or even in their own division, but it would open up the possibility of winning this conference.
We are talking about an Aggies team that went toe-to-toe with the Florida Gators in Week 2, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the BCS rankings. They also completely destroyed Arkansas and handled a solid Louisiana Tech team fairly easily.
Who wins the SEC showdown?
Texas A&M could easily be undefeated, but a win over LSU would get everybody's attention for those that are still sleeping on this program.
A game against Mississippi State certainly won't be easy and the trip to Tuscaloosa will likely be for the SEC West division crown. Still, the Aggies have a star quarterback in Johnny Manziel and play solid defense, who have already shown they can play with anybody you put them up against.
I would still like Alabama between these two teams, but the whispers of possibly enjoying a trip to Atlanta, GA, will be heard around campus. It would simply give this team a shot, which is more than anybody ever would have thought before the season began.
It would also show that Texas A&M is much further along in competing in the SEC than Missouri is, if you haven't figured that out by now.
One of the main things that make the move to the SEC so difficult is that the Aggies will have to compete with powerhouse programs such as Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida and others for top recruits in the country.
But one of the ways to convince some of those players that Texas A&M is the right program for them is to beat some of those top teams.
Recruits that are labeled 5-stars aren't turning down National Championship contenders such as the Crimson Tide for a middle of the road team that just barely qualifies for a bowl game.
Wins over teams like LSU show these players that you can win out in College Station and actually compete for big time bowl games and conference championships.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin did a fabulous job out in Houston for a few years and has certainly hit the ground running with the Aggies.
According to Scout.com, Texas A&M had the 30th-best recruiting class back in 2011, but didn't land a single 5-star recruit and only had four 4-star players.
If we fast forward to the 2013 class, the Aggies have the fourth best recruiting class, including the top class in the entire SEC. The class consists of one 5-star recruit and a total of 12 players that are labeled 4-stars.
See what winning does for your program and when players actually start believing in the head coach?
If that type of recruiting can continue for Texas A&M, competing for SEC titles will become normal to this football program and the Aggies will soon become that powerhouse program that so many in this conference have already become.
Another step in the right direction can continue this weekend.