From the moment it was announced that Johnny Manziel would be suspended for the first half of Texas A&M's Week 1 game against Rice, the focus immediately shifted to the impending, yet delayed, return of the defending Heisman Trophy winner.
But despite starting the season with a Top 10 ranking in hand, the Aggies began the day struggling against Rice. OK, so maybe we all expected a Manziel-less Aggies to come out a little sluggish—only it wasn't the offense that ended up being the point of concern.
Texas A&M's defense was slashed by the Owls ground game, and even though the Aggies emerged with a victory, A&M still surrendered 31 points and over 500 yards of offense to Rice.
So what does all this tell us about Texas A&M's 2013 fortunes? Are the Aggies destined to remain a Top 10 team? What about an SEC or even BCS title run? Here are 10 things we've already learned about the Aggies after their Week 1 win over Rice.