College Football Predictions: 6 Reasons Texas A&M Will Make It to the BCS
Expectations in Aggieland are to reach the BCS this season, and they have the weapons to make that dream a reality.
Last season, Texas A&M struggled in the early part of the season, dropping three close games due to offensive mistakes. After changing quarterback, the Aggies rallied for six straight wins, beating Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska in the process.
This year, Texas A&M returns most of its biggest playmakers, and have developed the confidence to compete and return to the BCS.
Ryan Tannehill Is Ready for the Big Time
In order for Texas A&M to reach the BCS, Aggie quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs a phenomenal season.
After losing out on the starting quarterback spot to Jerrod Johnson, he spent his first season as the Aggies leading receiver. After a rocky start in 2010, Tannehill was tapped to replace Johnson.
After getting the QB spot, he exploded against Texas Tech, setting a school record in the process. He finished out the regular season with dominant performances in a 6-0 hot streak.
This year, Tannehill should be more confident and explosive. He has no shortage of receivers, and should put up monster numbers.
Texas A&M Has an Explosive Rushing Attack
The Aggies feature one of the most explosive running back tandems in the country with Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael.
Cyrus Gray exploded during the second half of last season, rushing for over 100 yards in each of the last seven games, including 200-plus all-purpose yards against Texas and Nebraska.
Christine Michael was the 2009 Big XII Offensive Freshman, but spent much of last season with a broken leg. Michael should be back to full strength this season as he looks to regain his freshman form.
This duo has the potential to put up monster rushing numbers for the Aggies this season.
Texas A&M was 15th nationally in red-zone offense last season, and a healthy tailback rotation can improve that percentage while keeping pressure off the passing game.
The Aggies Will Put Up Monster Receiving Numbers
Texas A&M has the playmakers at wide receiver to become one of the best offenses in the Big XII.
Headlining the receiving crop is Jeff Fuller, the 6’4” physically dominant wideout, who passed on the NFL draft to lead the Aggies to the BCS. Fuller finished 2010 leading the offense with 72 receptions and over 1,000 yards.
Another standout is the Jr. Ryan Swope, a big-play receiver who tied Fuller with 72 receptions last season.
Rounding out the receivers are Uzoma Nwachukwu, Kenric McNeal and Brandal Jackson—anyone of whom could become a breakout star for the Aggies.
With these weapons, the Texas A&M offense should be exceptional this season, and provide the firepower needed for a BCS run.
The Return of the Wrecking Crew
Aggie fans are eagerly watching the defensive line, waiting for them to be worthy of the Wrecking Crew moniker.
Last year, Texas A&M’s defense ranked 55th nationally, up from 105th in 2009. With the core of the defensive unit returning, the Aggies should continue to improve this year.
Keep your eyes on Damontre Moore, who looks to fill the hole left by Von Miller’s departure on the defensive line. Last year, Moore earned Freshman All American Honors, with 5.5 sacks.
Opposing offenses are certainly afraid of Eddie Brown, the monster 295-pound senior.
Last year, the Aggies finished with 30 sacks. With the returning talent on this unit, Texas A&M fans are eagerly awaiting a dominant performance this year.
Big XII, Get Ready for the 12th Man
The schedule for Texas A&M is very manageable this year, with the majority of the most difficult games happening at home or a neutral site.
Kyle Field is one of the most difficult venues in the nation for opposing teams. The 82,000-seat stadium is among the loudest in that nation, and the Aggie fans prove they deserve the mantle of 12th Man.
This year Texas A&M gets Oklahoma State, Texas and Baylor in College Station. Due to a scheduling quirk, the Aggies get Missouri at home for the second year in a row.
The Texas A&M vs. Arkansas game will be held at a neutral site in Dallas. Last year, the Hogs won a close game on a last minute interception. This year, the Aggies are out for revenge.
Prediction: Texas A&M Will Go 10-2 for a BCS Berth
This is the best team the Aggies have fielded in several years, and Texas A&M has the firepower to compete with anybody in the Big XII.
They face Oklahoma in Norman, and the Sooners simply do not lose those games. The Aggies will give them a good game, but will ultimately fall short.
Texas A&M will also fall short against Arkansas. The Razorbacks lead the Aggies all-time, and have enough returning talent to be a National Championship contender, and will overwhelm A&M.
Texas A&M should win the rest of their games, and finish with a 10-2 record. Last year, the Aggies were left out of the BCS, but look for them to make their second appearance this year with an at-large berth.