Texas A&M SEC Expansion: Why Aggies Will Never Play in a BCS Bowl Game

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2011

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Mike Sherman, head coach of Texas A&M, joins players in a post-game singing of the Aggie War Hymn following Texas A&M's 24-17 win over 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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Texas A&M's expected move to the SEC is a positive move for the school in many ways.

There is more money to be made there, the level of competition is better, it's a great recruiting tool and it can only serve to increase the talent level of the team.

One thing that it will not do is make the Aggies more likely to get to a BCS bowl game.

At the very best, the Aggies will come in as a middle-of-the-pack team in the SEC. Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State are all equal or better programs at this point in time and for the most part, they aren't going anywhere.

Even if the Aggies' talent level does increase as a member of the SEC, asking them to eclipse three or four programs is asking too much.

Their chances of being in a BCS bowl game are better just by being in the most prestigious conference, but they won't be good enough to beat enough of their conference foes to get the requisite number of wins.

The good news for the Aggies is that BCS bowl bids might be a thing of the past sooner rather than later. With so much movement in and out of conferences, it seems that it's only a matter of time before we are looking at the 16-team super-conferences that have been rumored for so long. 

The move to mega-conferences is thought to be the first real step in establishing a playoff of some sort in major college football.

If a playoff is instituted in college football, A&M's move to the SEC, a conference more likely to get more playoff bids, will look even smarter.

In the SEC, the Aggies are much less likely to get to a BCS bowl game, but I'm not sure that will matter much longer.