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Texas A&M vs. Arkansas: Aggies Still Proved They Can Play in SEC

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 1, 2011

Before we start with this piece, a disclaimer: Texas A&M fans, this may poke into what you all must be going through after this game against Arkansas. We will not go into this piece exposing the holes in your second half defense, like Oklahoma State and Arkansas. 

We will not go into this piece exposing the holes in your second-half offense, like Oklahoma State and Arkansas. 

We will stay away from going into the brain cramps that Mike Sherman goes through during the second half, like against Oklahoma State and Arkansas. 

You will not have to read about how Ryan Tannehill looks like the second coming of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Dan Marino all wrapped into one Aggie quarterback, during the first half but not in the second half, like against Oklahoma State and Arkansas. 

Nope, we’ll stay away from all of those negatives, because you have gone through enough these past two weeks, against Oklahoma State and Arkansas. 

Earlier this week the South Eastern Conference had welcomed Texas A&M into their conference. Fans of both Texas A&M and Arkansas got a preview into what they could expect to see in the future. 

For Texas A&M, it was a test to see where they could stand against one of the better SEC teams. For one half of football, Texas A&M dominated this game. Ryan Tannehill looked like a future No. 1 draft pick in April’s NFL Draft.  

In the first half Texas A&M had five rushing touchdowns on this Arkansas defense. FIVE! That’s an impressive stat against any team, let alone against a defense from the SEC.  

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Reveille VIII, the mascot of the Texas A&M Aggies during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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But, like a Boston Red Sox/Chicago Cubs cursed collapse it happened again.  

We’ll stop the game right there, because it was noted that we would not bring up what happened.  

Coming away from this game Texas A&M players, coaches, and supporters will not feel as if they won anything. Tomorrow it will look like the SEC proved again that they are the dominant conference and the Aggies will just be a punching bag when they come over to the SEC.  

If you missed the game, you missed out on seeing Texas A&M prove that they won’t be another Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State (prove me wrong Mississippi State win a big game), or Ole Miss.  

They will be a team that can play for the division title in the SEC when they make the move.  

Will they be one that is consistently in the SEC Championship game?  

More than likely, no.  

They will be a team just like they are now in the Big 12. A good team that has eight to nine wins a season—just never a great team that consistently wins conference championships.  

Twitter: @tjmcaloon

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