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NCAA Team Preview: Texas A+M Aggies

The Texas A+M Aggies will have some work to do in 2014. Last season, the Aggies were one of the top teams in all of college football. Johnny Manziel leaving for the NFL, along with Jake Matthews and Mike Evans put the Aggies in a position of rebuilding. A season ago, the Kevin Sumlin lead Aggies finished 9-4 overall, but won just 1 of 5 games against Top 25 foes. The Aggies have six teams on their schedule that have been ranked in the Top 25 to start the season this year. Things will have to improve quickly if the Aggies want to be a factor in the SEC title race.

A season ago, Manziel was the story for Kevin Sumlin’s team. THe quarterback threw for over 3,700 yards and 33 touchdowns. Mike Evans was the touchdown leader, with 12 on the season. This season, sophomore Kenny Hill or freshman Kyle Allen will be the leader of the offense. The Aggies biggest concern has got to be on the defensive side, where they were the worst in the SEC a season ago. The Aggies will see Cedric Ogbuehi take over at the running back position. Ogbuehi is one of the top choices at running back position for the 2015 NFL draft. Texas A+M also will see redshirt freshman Ricky Seals-Jones, who is a 6’5 240lbs Jimmy Graham type player.

Look for the offensive line to be a strength for the Aggies, despite losing Jake Matthews. The line features guys such as Jarvis Harrison and Mike Matthews. As we talked about, the struggles will be at the quarterback position, and can the defense compete well enough in a rugged SEC. The Aggies are faced with a nearly impossible SEC West. Outside of that, their opener with South Carolina makes their 2014 season schedule awfully tough.

Texas A+M starts the season on a Thursday night at the end of August. They will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in a huge conference game to start the season. Following that, the Aggies will host both Lamar and Rice, in state rivals. On September 20th the Aggies head to SMU, another team from the state of Texas. That takes them to their first conference home game; which is against Arkansas On October 4th the Aggies travel to Mississippi State, and then back it up with a home game against the Mississippi Rebels. The final five games will be the roughest slate of them all. The first game is against Alabama, on the road. The next game is a non conference game which should soften the blow; they will host UL Monroe. The final three games of the season are at Auburn, at home against Missouri, and then a home game against the LSU Tigers.

A season ago, the Aggies scored 44.2 points per game, which was fifth in all of college football. That is likely to decrease this year, which means the defense will need to be better. That’s the final question mark, as the Aggies hope to make up for some of the loss passing yards that Manziel leaves behind into the dynamic run game. The Aggies should be good, but we will find out at the end of August, just how good.

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