How Texas A&M Would Fare If Aggies Played Texas' 2013 Schedule

Randy ChambersAnalyst IApril 23, 2013

How Texas A&M Would Fare If Aggies Played Texas' 2013 Schedule

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    What if Texas A&M was put back into the Big 12 this season and had to play the Longhorns schedule in 2013?

    The Big 12 is now an improved conference, but the Aggies have found ways to become one of the top teams in the country in a short amount of time. Things have certainly changed since conference realignment took place and I'm not sure any team in its former conference would want to see this upcoming Texas A&M team on its schedule.

    But since we broke down how Texas would hold up with an SEC schedule, it is only fair we give Texas A&M the same treatment.

    The rules are all the same. Instead of the road team traveling to Darrell K. Royal—TX Mem, they will be forced to pack for the daunting Kyle Field. Texas A&M would then put all of its SEC plans on hold and make the trips to familiar spots in the Big 12.

    The outcome of this switch may have a certain fan base wishing this was actually the case.

Vs. New Mexico State

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    How the Aggies Win

    Just show up. This is by far the easiest game on the schedule and wouldn't pose much of a challenge to Texas A&M.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    If the Aggies managed to switch jerseys with the Aggies. Johnny Manziel throws six touchdowns for New Mexico State and leads the Aggies to victory. It is absolute madness, I tell you!

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 56-6 (In the last three years, New Mexico State has won a combined seven games.)

     

    Record: 1-0

At BYU

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    How the Aggies Win

    Force turnovers. BYU finished with a -3 turnover margin last year, which included four games of at least three turnovers. The BYU offense struggled enough last year as it is; coughing the ball up is a recipe for disaster and would result in a second victory for Texas A&M.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Manage to play that terrific defense that led the Cougars all of last season. With playmakers such as Kyle Van Noy on the squad, the Cougars finished last year allowing only 266 yards a game. If they can cause issues for the Aggies offense, an upset is a realistic possibility.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 35-10 (BYU just doesn't have enough firepower on offense to keep up in this one.)

     

    Record: 2-0

Vs. Ole Mis

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    How the Aggies Win

    Do a better job of holding onto the football. Texas A&M managed to win last year's meeting by three points, but if it wasn't for six turnovers, the game wouldn't have been nearly as close. If Texas A&M can play disciplined football, the talent gap will eventually take over.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Follow last year's defensive blueprint against Texas A&M. Although Ole Miss lost to Texas A&M last year, the defense still managed to produce four sacks and a staggering six turnovers. If that was to take place once again, I doubt Ole Miss walks away with another loss to this SEC rival.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 28-21 (Another close matchup, but give me the team with more talent and experience.)

     

    Record: 3-0

Vs. Kansas State

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    How the Aggies Win

    Let the offense run wild. Kansas State will have a new face on defense at nearly every position this season. There is a lot of inexperience, and this plays right into the Aggies hands offensively. As long as the offense can continue to move the chains, the Aggies should have little problem with this one.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    See if quarterback Collin Klein can return for another season. It also wouldn't hurt if 10 defensive starters were able to participate in this game as well. Kansas State lost nearly its entire team from a year ago, which isn't good news when playing an SEC powerhouse. 

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 42-10 (No Klein, new defense, um, I'll go with the Aggies.)

     

    Record: 4-0

At Iowa State

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    How the Aggies Win

    Don't fall for the trap. We know Iowa State has become that fishy team over the years, and it doesn't help that a game against Oklahoma is next week. Texas A&M must focus on the task at hand and game plan correctly for Iowa State. As long as guys don't get caught looking ahead, another victory is in store.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Find a way to discover that magic that has helped Iowa State pull off shocking upsets in the past. It won't be easy with only nine starters returning, but this has quickly become that program that few want to play, especially on the road.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 38-17 (Once again, overwhelming talent has a funny way of winning games.)

     

    Record: 5-0

Vs. Oklahoma (In Dallas, TX)

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    How the Aggies Win

    Remember this outcome? Of course you do. If the Texas A&M coaching staff can inspire its players to once again put a beat down on this former Big 12 rival, I would be scared for Oklahoma. The defense wasn't exactly great, but the offense was clicking on all cylinders and couldn't be stopped. If a similar performance takes place, chalk up another victory for Texas A&M.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    The Oklahoma defense needs to find a way to play Oklahoma defense. Allowing nearly 400 yards a game is not going to cut it, especially when going up against a Texas A&M offense that can score in a blink of an eye. Play defense the way it is capable of playing and Oklahoma increases its chances of winning this contest.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 35-28 (Oklahoma should be better than last year. But I still can't manage to remove the images from last year's bowl game from my mind.)

     

    Record: 6-0

At TCU

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    How the Aggies Win

    TCU has an interesting quarterback situation going on with Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin on the roster. Whoever is the starter, Texas A&M must pressure him into mistakes to win this game. TCU allowed 29 sacks last year, which was the most in the Big 12. If Texas A&M can get to the quarterback, another solid win is in the cards.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Contain Johnny Manziel. TCU always has one of the top defenses in college football and last season was no different, allowing the fewest yards in its conference. With nine starters returning, the unit could do a respectable job of limiting Manziel in the running game, which would give TCU a better shot at pulling off the upset.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 28-14 (TCU has a chance to really surprise people in the Big 12, but that isn't saying much when going up against Texas A&M.)

     

    Record: 7-0

Vs. Kansas

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    How the Aggies Win

    Texas A&M wins this game just by keeping everybody healthy. Even though a victory would still take place with an injury, it is the only realistic way the outcome could be considered a loss for the Aggies.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    If Kansas finds a way to make this matchup basketball related, there would be a good shot to win this game. Since it is being played on the gridiron, there is almost no chance for the Jayhawks.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 55-10 (This should result in a lopsided victory for Texas A&M. If Kansas keeps this within three touchdowns, I'll crawl to Lawrence myself and congratulate the coaching staff.)

     

    Record: 8-0

At West Virginia

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    How the Aggies Win

    Just outscore the opposition. This may sound a little obvious, but both of these teams have defensive question marks and offenses that can score 30-plus points consistently. Continue to be that unstoppable force on offense and the Aggies should have little problem outmatching a West Virginia team that has become an offensive juggernaut the last two years.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Get the crowd into the game early. Morgantown is a place that can provide an SEC-type atmosphere when inspired. With a national championship contender coming to town, the fans will show up. It would now be up to the players to give them something to get excited about. If West Virginia can get off to an early start, the 12th man could help finish the rest.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 62-35 (West Virginia will continue to be good offensively thanks to its head coach. However, Texas A&M isn't replacing a truckload of starters, and is a complete team on a mission.)

     

    Record: 9-0

Vs. Oklahoma State

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    How the Aggies Win

    If the Texas A&M defense can step up and limit the Cowboys red-zone possessions, this game will result in another Aggies victory. Oklahoma State finished fourth in the country last season, scoring 93 percent of the time when moving the ball inside the 20-yard line. A few defensive stops would win this game for Texas A&M.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Do a better job of holding onto the football. Oklahoma State turned the ball over 22 times last season and 13 of those occurred in the five losses. This contest would likely result in a back-and-forth high-scoring affair, so the team that doesn't cough the ball up is likely going to come out victorious.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 50-43 (If there was a game I was considering giving Texas A&M a loss, it would have been this one. Both teams are extremely similar in the fact there is a ton of offense and very little defense. I just couldn't pick against the home team in this matchup.)

     

    Record: 10-0

Vs. Texas Tech

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    How the Aggies Win

    This is the game where the Texas A&M offensive line must step up. Although the Red Raiders didn't generate great pressure up front last season, the defense was still a feisty unit. There are also eight defensive starters returning, including six from the front seven. This experienced squad should be able to make things difficult for Manziel, which is why the offensive front needs to show up in this one.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    There are questions everywhere on offense for the Red Raiders. With the defense returning the majority of its starters, that side of the ball would make all of the difference in a potential upset. It was the defense that helped put last year's team on the map and that same unit would give Texas A&M a run for its money.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 35-17 (The Aggies have won the last three meetings against the Red Raiders. I'll go ahead and take my chances with one of the best Texas A&M football teams in program history.)

     

    Record: 11-0

At Baylor

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    How the Aggies Win

    Step on the field and play Texas A&M offense. Baylor has been ranked in the bottom half of the Big 12 defensively dating back to 2009, which includes allowing 500 yards a game last season. This is one of those games where everybody is licking their chops.

     

    How the Opponent Wins

    Move the chains nice and slowly and hope that the clock runs faster than usual. Baylor does not have nearly enough defensive pieces to slow down this Texas A&M offense and isn't polished enough to match the Aggies score-for-score. Winning the time of possession and keeping the Aggies offense off the field would be huge for Baylor.

     

    Prediction

    Texas A&M 45-21 (Unless Robert Griffin is playing quarterback for the Bears, give me Texas A&M. The Aggies have won six of the last seven meetings, and I just don't see enough balance from Baylor to see an upset taking place.)

     

    Record: 12-0

What We Learned

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    The Big 12 is a conference on the rise and is certainly fun to watch, but there may not be one championship quality team heading into the new season. Every team in the Big 12 last season, except for TCU, allowed more than 350 yards a game on defense. That is not quality football and would not hold up well against a Texas A&M team that may have the most explosive offense in all of college football.

    While Texas A&M has defensive questions of its own, it shouldn't be a problem with this schedule because almost every team on here struggled that much more defensively. The Aggies must improve defensively but even with that said, there were still 31 sacks last year and they finished fourth in the SEC in defensive conversion percentage.

    There are teams on here capable of pulling off an upset, but I would expect nothing short of an undefeated season if this was the schedule for Texas A&M. Many think the only team competing with the Aggies in the SEC next season is Alabama. So being able to switch LSU, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss with a bunch of teams that don't know the meaning of defense is something I'm sure everybody in College Station would be happy with.

    Running the table is never an easy feat, but Texas A&M would easily be the best team in the Big 12, and it would take a lot to lose a game with this schedule.