Texas A&M blows their first half lead and leads to a loss.
No, this is not last week when the Aggies gave up their lead against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at home in College Station. I was talking about Saturday’s game against Arkansas as the Razorbacks came back to beat their rival 42-38 at Cowboys Stadium.
With a move to the Southeastern Conference coming next season, Texas A&M does not have the kind of talent to compete in the league when the Aggies’ move from the Big 12 to the SEC becomes official next July.
The Aggies have dropped their last seven games against the SEC, twice against Arkansas and one apiece against Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State since the 2000 season.
As the Big 12 has become very high scoring in recent seasons with explosive offenses, the SEC has continued to be lead by strong defenses like those of Alabama and LSU, so A&M will have a bit of a culture shock when conference play begins next season.
Unless the league picks up a 14th team to come into the league next season, the Aggies will join the league as its 13th member in which Texas A&M will likely enter the SEC West as the seventh division team. The West division arguably is the toughest division in college football as it hosts three of the four most recent National Champions in college football.
While in the Big 12, A&M had some games that gave the program a chance to breathe like match-ups with Kansas and Baylor since the birth of the conference in 1996. As for the SEC West, the Aggies will have no room to breathe as games with Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Arkansas dot the schedule in division play in addition to cross over games from the SEC East.
After a couple seasons in the SEC with the rich recruiting base of Texas, Texas A&M will begin to compete for SEC and national titles but for those fans in maroon and white, the Aggies will not make an impact for a few seasons with powerhouses to deal with in their division.
So let me hear your opinion. Will the Aggies come into the SEC and compete right away like most Texas A&M fans believe or will the program need time to adapt to the SEC style of football in future seasons?
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