Texas A&M football preview

After a 6-6 regular season, the 2011 version of the Aggies defeated Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. That was after a coaching change had been made. 2012 will be the first season for Texas A&M under the leadership of new head coach Kevin Sumlin. Additionally, it will be the first year for the program in the SEC. There will be a great deal of adjusting in store for the Aggies this year.

A&M does have a large number of returning starters, but a coaching change coupled with a rigorous SEC West schedule make it almost impossible for Texas A&M to be a division title contender this year.

2012 Forecast:  I think it will be a struggle for the A&M this year. I just cannot see this new SEC program beating Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, or Auburn in year one.

Offensive player to watch:  #33 Christine Michael – JR – running back

Defensive player to watch:  #92 Jonathan Mathis – SR – defensive tackle

Aug. 30 – Louisiana Tech (College Station) – Win 31-20

Sept. 8 – Florida (College Station) – Loss 17-10

Sept. 15 – SMU (Dallas) – Win 24-14

Sept. 22 – South Carolina State (College Station) – Win 42-7

Sept. 29 – Arkansas (College Station) – Loss 14-10

Oct. 6 – Ole Miss (Oxford) – Win 29-27

Oct. 13 – Off

Oct. 20 – LSU (College Station) – Loss 34-12

Oct. 27 – Auburn (Auburn) – Loss 24-10

Nov. 3 – Mississippi State (Starkville) – Loss 26-17

Nov. 10 – Alabama (Tuscaloosa) – Loss 24-14

Nov. 17 – Sam Houston State (College Station) – Win 35-21

Nov. 24 – Missouri (College Station) – Loss 34-24

Projected record: 5-7 (1-7)

Welcome to the SEC, Aggies. Just take a look at the run of contests on the schedule in November. If Texas A&M manages to make it to bowl eligibility, I think it will be a tremendous accomplishment.

*Home games are in BOLD

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