The Texas A&M football team will be expected to be ranked in the top five when the 2013 season begins. The Aggies are projected to contend for the Southeastern Conference and national title.
With reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel returning at quarterback, the Texas A&M offense should once again be among the best in the nation. The Ags also have tremendous depth at running back and a good offensive line.
They need to get some help from the incoming freshmen to shore up the wide receiver position. They will also need help on the defensive line where there are still some major depth issues coming out of the spring.
The Ags lost two starters at each level of the defense from the 2012 squad. If they are going to compete for a conference and national title in 2013, then they will need some major help from the freshman class.
They are going to need defensive linemen like Isaiah Golden and Justin Manning to arrive on campus ready to contribute immediately. If the Ags do not have any freshmen step up, then they will just be a solid SEC team who will be competitive in the SEC West and qualify for a minor bowl.
In 2012 the Aggies started three true freshmen in cornerback De'Vante Harris, defensive end Julien Obioha and wide receiver Thomas Johnson. Those three played major roles in helping the Ags to an 11-2 season and the No. 5 ranking in the country.
It is reasonable to expect the coaches to get the same kind of contribution from such a highly touted recruiting class. This is a game-by-game projection of how the Aggies will do in 2013.