The Texas A&M football team has the month off before the start of the first summer session of school. When school starts again, the Aggies will begin preparing for a 2014 football season that will see them in the thick of the race for the SEC title.
The Aggies recently had three players from the 2013 team selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The loss of that kind of elite talent has led most pundits to predict that the Aggies will digress from their 9-4 record in 2013.
The experts are failing to account for a defense that should be vastly improved after the Aggies played numerous freshmen in 2013. The defense was young and not always physically capable of standing up to SEC offenses in 2013, but that will change with a year of experience under their belt and another year in the weight room.
The offense will be more balanced than they were in 2013 because there will be a lighter load on the quarterback. With Johnny Manziel in the NFL, the coaches will spread the ball around more and lean on their stable of talented running backs.
The Aggies offense will not reel off five and six scoring series in a row like they did in 2013, but with an improved defense they will not have to. The 2013 version of the Aggies defense will create more pressure on opposing quarterbacks which will result in more turnovers and more offensive possessions for A&M.
The Aggies have one of the toughest schedules in the nation again with 10 teams who played in bowls in 2013 on the 2014 lineup. This is a look at the realistic expectations for the 2014 Texas A&M football season.