The Aggies enter the 2015 season as an unknown commodity, much like the rest of the SEC West. There is plenty of potential and promise, especially after hiring Chavis to reshape the defense. However, critics can’t escape the downward trend Sumlin has had in win totals since his arrival in College Station. That coupled with a complete unraveling midway through the 2014 season, makes for a “wait and see” approach.
Media members are certainly not giving the Aggies the benefit of the doubt. It’s why Auburn is a unanimous top 10 team, while A&M is unranked. And this is despite the fact that side by side, a very good argument can be made for the Aggies being better.
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Despite the skeptics, we have it on good authority here at Maroon Report that Texas A&M is in for a very special season. With a couple favorable bounces, the Ags might just be looking at a trip to Atlanta.
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So sit back and drink up that tall glass of Maroon Koolaid, because Aggie football is one day away!
The Aggie defense fires out on all cylinders forcing so many three and outs that new army starts throwing up the Wrecking Crew sign. The offense is efficient, but takes its lumps as the offensive line works to gel. In the end, sophomore sensations Kyle Allen and Myles Garrett prove too much to handle.
Prediction: A&M 35 – ASU 24
The Ags christen the new Kyle Field with a convincing win. Stats are padded, freshman get playing time, and Aggie faithful witness the future of Aggie football as Kyler Murray lights it up.
Prediction: A&M 51- Ball State 17
A fun game for all as Sumlin welcomes back former assistant Brian Polian. The Wolfpack bring a few tricks with them to Kyle Field and present a slight challenge. But depth and talent favor the Ags who stroll to another decisive win.
Prediction: A&M 42 – Nevada 28
Arkansas ended last season on one of the nastiest streaks in the country after crushing LSU, Ole Miss, and Texas and outscoring those opponents 78-7. It’s safe to say that the Aggies were lucky to play them when they did and before the Razorbacks had fully gelled. The new season brings lofty expectations for Arkansas as they are a trendy darkhorse pick to win the SEC West. However, Chavis’ defense will flex its muscle and hold them to just 21 points. The same can’t be said for Arkansas who simply doesn’t have the athletes to hold A&M to under 3 touchdowns.
Prediction: A&M 35 – Arkansas 21
The Bulldogs enter Kyle Field at 2-2 with losses to LSU and Auburn in the first four weeks. They desperately need a win, but Dak Prescott can’t do it all. His lack of supporting cast makes even his best efforts fall short. Meanwhile, the Aggies at 4-0 bring plenty of momentum into this game and notch their second conference win. They are now enter a bye week at 5-0 and a monster matchup against Alabama.
Prediction: A&M 31 – Mississippi St 13
The game everyone has circled on their calendar. A&M seeking revenge on a team that humiliated them last season. Saban trying to keep his team focused to play its 5th ranked team in just 7 weeks. The stakes are high but the Crimson Tide find a way. Aggies lose a heartbreaker that goes down to the wire.
Prediction: A&M 24 – Alabama 27
After the loss, Sumlin refocuses the team. This isn’t 2014 and he won’t let a single loss turn into a multi-game slide. A&M leaves Texas for the first time all season in another heavyweight matchup against the Rebels. Luckily, Oxford is a very familiar place as A&M’s game is their 3rd in 4 seasons at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Even more lucky, is they have won each of those road trips. Sometimes a team just has your number and the Aggies once again escape Oxford with a W.
Prediction: A&M 28 – Ole Miss 27
It’s Halloween, A&M is unveiling new unis with helmets that glow in the dark, and the scariest thing at Kyle Field is Spurrier’s offense. Daeshon Hall, Myles Garrett, and Daylon Mack have a field day in the Cocks backfield, and this game has their fans wishing it was 2014.
Prediction: A&M 45 – South Carolina 10
By this point the ruse is up as the Tigers already have two losses. Their quarterback play is good, but not great. And replacing 8 starters on offense will present growing pains for anyone, even a coach as skilled as Malzahn. The game ball goes to the entire Aggie defense as they limit Auburn to 250 yards and only 17 points. Aggies run away with it.
Prediction: A&M 31 – Auburn 17
After escaping the meat of its schedule, A&M gets a tune-up/rest week with an FCS matchup. We see lots of Kyler Murray and fresh faces on defense in a resounding win.
Prediction: A&M 63 – Western Carolina 7
The road trip game of the season is much more to do with the destination than the quality of opponent. A&M makes quick work of Vandy and Ag fans get to party in Nashville.
Prediction: A&M 52 – Vanderbilt 13
It all comes down to this. The Aggies head into Tiger Stadium with only one loss and an outside shot at the SEC Championship and/or a playoff spot. They need to take care of business and hope the right dominoes fall. The Aggies claim a 4 point lead with 3 minutes left and it all comes down to whether Chavis can stop his old boss, Les Miles. After what seems to be an eternity, the defense comes up with an interception in the final seconds to seal their first 11 win season since 2012.
Prediction: A&M 24 – LSU 20