Texas A&M Football: 5 Teams Poised to Help Aggies' BCS Ranking
The Texas A&M football team suffered its second loss of the season with its 45-41 decision against the Auburn Tigers. With a 5-2 record, the Aggies are going to need help from multiple teams in order to qualify for a BCS bowl game.
The loss to Auburn drops the Aggies record in the SEC to 3-2. It would take a miraculous series of events for the Aggies to get back into the national title picture.
The best the Aggies can hope for in the 2013 season is to qualify for a BCS bowl game. In order to do this, they will have to win their remaining five regular season games and get some help.
This is a look at the teams that can help Texas A&M qualify for a BCS bowl game.
Alabama Crimson Tide
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If the Aggies are going to qualify for a BCS bowl game, they need the Southeastern Conference to get two teams into the BCS bowl rotation. That means they need Alabama to play in the BCS game for the national title.
The Aggies need Alabama to go undefeated and win the SEC championship game. If Alabama ends the season undefeated, the Aggies' 49-42 loss to the Tide will still look good on paper to the BCS decision makers.
A second SEC team in the BCS bowl rotation would likely go to the Sugar Bowl. If the Tide run the table, that means they would give Auburn and LSU another loss, which would take those teams out of the BCS bowl picture.
It would mean the Sugar Bowl could not choose the LSU Tigers in order to sell more tickets.
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If the Aggies want to qualify for a BCS game, then Auburn has to lose two more games on the season. With the Tigers 45-41 victory over A&M, they now hold the tiebreaker over the Aggies if the two teams were to end the season with the same record.
If Alabama runs the table, that gives the Tigers two losses. Auburn needs to lose another game in order for the Aggies to move up in the BCS pecking order, and that is where Tennessee comes in.
Auburn has to travel to play at Tennessee on Nov. 9. If the Volunteers beat Auburn, that will boost the Aggies' BCS chances immediately.
If Auburn and A&M end the season with the same record, the presence of Johnny Manziel on the Aggies' team and the television ratings he brings may be the deciding factor for a bowl game. However, a loss by Auburn to Tennessee would make the decision much easier.
Ole Miss Rebels
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If a second team from the SEC West division is going to qualify for a BCS bowl, then the teams from the East have to be shut out. Right now, the No. 5 Missouri Tigers are leading the East with a 3-0 conference record.
The Aggies need the Tigers to have two conference losses before the SEC championship game. Texas A&M plays Missouri in Columbia on Nov. 30 for its last regular-season game.
Obviously, the Aggies need to beat Missouri in that game. They also need the Tigers to have another loss before that game. Otherwise, the BCS bowl selection committees might be encouraged to take a top-10 Missouri team whose only losses were to A&M and then Alabama in the SEC title game.
The Tigers have to travel to Oxford to play Ole Miss on Nov. 23. Ole Miss has shown that it is a tough opponent at home.
Consecutive losses before the SEC title game should take Missouri out of the BCS bowl picture and give the Aggies a boost.
Florida State Seminoles
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The best-case scenario for Texas A&M getting into the the BCS involves Florida State playing Alabama in the BCS title game. If Florida State goes undefeated, and the other undefeated teams lose, then Florida State will play Alabama in the BCS title game.
If Florida State has one loss, it will likely miss the BCS game, which would put them in either the Orange Bowl or the Sugar Bowl. That would mean there is one less BCS bowl slot available for the Aggies.
There is no way the Orange Bowl would pick the Aggies over a one-loss Florida State team. The Aggies need FSU to win out in order for their own BCS chances to increase.
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With the way the polls are right now, if Florida State and Oregon both win out, then Oregon would play Alabama in the BCS title game. It will not matter what FSU does on the field if Oregon gets through its season unscathed.
The Aggies need Oregon to lose, and the Ducks game at Stanford is the toughest remaining game on their schedule. The Cardinal has the type of physical defense that can hold the Ducks' running game in check.
If Stanford beats Oregon, it would likely end the Ducks' chances of playing in the BCS title game. That would mean the Ducks would play in the Rose Bowl or the Holiday Bowl, and the Aggies would still have a legitimate chance at getting picked by the Sugar Bowl.