The Texas A&M football team has a lot to prove in 2014. Head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies have a number of obstacles to overcome in order to prove they can be an elite SEC program.
The Aggies have won 20 games during their first two seasons in the league. That is a solid start for any program that is transitioning from one league to another.
Since college football realignment began in 2010 with Nebraska's decision to join the Big Ten, the Aggies have the best winning percentage in their first two years in their new conference of any program that moved to a major conference.
The Aggies went 20-6 for a winning percentage of .769. Nebraska is next at .703, followed by Missouri (.654), Utah (.520), West Virginia (.440), TCU (.440) and Colorado (.166). Critics will point out that Sumlin's early success in the SEC was mainly due to quarterback Johnny Manziel's presence on the roster when Sumlin arrived.
The task for Sumlin and the Aggies going forward is to prove that their early success in the Southeastern Conference was not a fluke and that they have staying power in the league of champions.
This is a look at the biggest challenges facing Sumlin and the Aggies in 2014.