Ryan Tannehill and Aggies Are the Hottest Team in the Big 12

Ross BenesContributor IINovember 26, 2010

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25: Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 prepares to pass during the first half against the  University of Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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The hottest team in the Big 12 will not be playing next weekend in Dallas.  Instead they will be watching the game from College Station, a game that could quite possibly consist of two teams Texas A&M beat this season (given Oklahoma and Nebraska win their next games).

Although Aggie fans may be disappointed to be left out of the title game, wondering what could have been if Ryan Tannehill took over the reins a little sooner, they have got to be happy with the way their team is playing. 

If these fans were asked on October 16th whether they would be happy with a nine-win season including wins over Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas, it is highly probable that most fans would have replied with a resounding "Yes."

After the Aggies’ three-loss skid in October, many people wondered if they would even become bowl eligible at the end of the season.  Turns out people should’ve been worrying about that other Texas University’s bowl eligibility.

Not only is Texas A&M bowl eligible, but they have set themselves up for upper level postseason play.  There won’t be an Independence Bowl for this team.  Depending on how the season finishes it’s looking like the Aggies may end up in the Holiday Bowl, or quite possibly even the Cotton Bowl.  Right now things are looking pretty bright in Aggieland.

Texas A&M will enter their bowl game with a Big 12-leading winning streak of six games.  If the Aggies were to win their bowl game, they will enter next season as one of the favorites picked to win the Big 12. 

Their midseason turnaround is one of the best stories this year in college football.  It is a perfect example of how much can change within just a few weeks, and why midseason standings/rankings mean absolutely nothing.