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Last season, the Ags ended up close to the double-digit marker with nine wins, an astounding feat considering they started a pedestrian 3-3 before backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill took the starting job and ripped off six wins in a row before losing in the Cotton Bowl to LSU.
The matchup against No. 7 Oklahoma State on Sept. 24 will tell a lot about this team's mettle, as will heading north to JerryWorld the next Saturday for the Southwest Classic against the No. 17 Arkansas Razorbacks. The No. 19 Baylor Bears visit Kyle Field Oct. 15 looking for blood, and No. 24 Texas comes to Aggieland for the annual Thanksgiving Day battle on Nov. 24.
That's a gauntlet if there ever was one.
The Aggies' road schedule looks to be a bit more inviting with Big 12 cellar-dwellers Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas State on the menu. None of the three teams is in Texas A&M's league talent-wise, but those are three tough stadiums to leave unscathed.
As good as the Aggies are, I'll concede a loss at the hands of No. 1 Oklahoma on Nov. 5 in Norman. And college football is always fluky, so the odds are in favor of the Aggies dropping at least one of those games mentioned above.
This leaves the Aggies at a 10-2 season, and my pick to be the Big 12's representative in the BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.