Predicting the records: Week 1 – Texas A&M
A good Sunday to you all, my long neglected followers (all three of you). It’s been a long time. This is usually where I’d talk about how I’m going to start posting more frequently, but I can’t make those promises, so I’ll just leave this here.
We are officially 14 weeks away from teeing it up between the hedges, so I’m going to start a countdown here at TS2TW, predicting the season records of each team in the newly-expanded SEC. So I figured I’d start with the new additions and work my way up the ladder of last season’s standings, culminating in the 14th week which will lead us right into the opening of the 2012 season (hooray!).
So we start off with TAMU, whose season schedule and my predicted results are as follows –
9/1 – @ Louisiana Tech – W
9/8 – Florida – W
9/15 – @ SMU – W
9/22 – S. Carolina State – W
9/29 – Arkansas – L
10/6 – @ Ole Miss – W
10/13 – *BYE*
10/20 – LSU – L
10/27 – @ Auburn – L
11/3 – @ Mississippi State – L
11/10 – @ Alabama – L
11/17 – Sam Houston State – W
11/24 – Missouri – L
The Aggies early schedule will have them feeling good, especially with a win over Florida in their SEC opener at home (the Gators still have questions marks on offense and Kyle field is a hostile environment and not conducive to the development of young visiting offenses – and make no mistake, the Gators are still a young developing offense), but the meat of their schedule comes after their bye week, and there will be no reprieve there.
It will be interesting to watch the new staff that Kevin Sumlin brought with him from Houston adapt to life in the SEC. My thinking is that Sumlin’s offensive aptitude will give the Aggies enough juice to win a couple of SEC ball games but they’re going to need to work on replacing some offensive starters and building their talent base on the defensive side of the ball before they can even begin to climb the ladder of the SEC West.
Welcome to the SEC, Aggies. Now grab your ankles.
Up next week: Missouri