First, let me start by saying that I do not like this move at all. I just continue to ask myself this question: "What does Texas A&M have to offer the SEC?"
I will continue to doubt this move until I get proven otherwise. Here's why:
Texas A&M football in the past 5 years:
2010 9-4 with a loss in the Cotton Bowl to LSU
2009 6-7 with a loss in the Independence Bowl to Georgia
2008 4-8 (no bowl bid)
2007 7-6 with a loss in the Alamo Bowl to Penn State
2006 9-4 with a loss in the Holiday Bowl to California
Total Record of 35-29 and 0-4 in Bowl Games.
Here's what the current SEC has done in the past 5 years:
Alabama: 49-18 Overall and 3-2 in Bowl Games 2009 National Champion
Arkansas: 41-24 Overall and 1-3 in Bowl Games
Auburn: 47-18 Overall and 4-0 in Bowl Games 2010 National Champion
Florida: 58-12 Overall and 4-1 in Bowl Games 2006, 2008 National Champion
Georgia: 44-21 Overall and 4-1 in Bowl Games
Kentucky: 36-29 Overall and 3-2 in Bowl Games
LSU: 51-15 Overall and 4-1 in Bowl Games 2007 National Champion
Mississippi State: 29-33 Overall and 2-0 in Bowl Games
Ole Miss: 29-33 Overall and 2-0 in Bowl Games
South Carolina: 37-28 Overall and 1-3 in Bowl Games
Tennessee: 37-28 Overall and 1-3 in Bowl Games
Vanderbilt: 20-41 Overall and 1-0 in Bowl Games
Texas A&M only outperformed 3 SEC schools in the past 5 years. Those schools being Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt. Doesn't make a huge case for them to join our conference, considering the last time they played in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game was 1998.
Here is the other reason why I was skeptical:
Since 2006, the SEC has a bowl record of 30-16. The Big 12.... a "stellar" 19-20.
So, A&M fans, you are saying that you will be good in football in the SEC because ...
You have a really awesome home stadium atmosphere?
Because you outperformed 3 SEC teams in overall record?
Because you can possibly pull in 3 top 40 television markets?
Because you think you will "compete" in the SEC West? (Who have won three National Championships in the last four years.)
Anyway, let's find some schools that could join you on your journey in the SEC ...