Texas A&M had another great season in the SEC. Though not the 11-2 we saw in the first season, in their second year Johnny Manziel and the Aggies limped through the end of the season battered and bruised to a respectable 8-4 regular season record. In 2012 Texas A&M saw tremendous success, but also benefited from the fortune of little to no injuries. In 2013 on the other hand the Aggies were not so lucky. Riddled with injuries and lead by a never say die quarterback who carried the team all season, Texas A&M struggled to overcome their injuries and lack of depth in the final two games of the season with losses to LSU and Missouri.
After a well deserved break before their bowl game, Johnny Manziel and the #21 ranked Aggies had time to heal up and reflect before facing #24 Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Entering the bowl game the Aggies looked fresh and had a level of excitement not seen since the Bama game. After the deflating loss to Auburn mid season Texas A&M struggled to get their “swagg” back, but coming into New Year’s Eve the Aggies had a chance to win their third straight bowl game for the first time in school history and beat the ACC Coastal Division champs. Texas A&M also went into the bowl game with a new Offensive Coordinator doing the play calling. Jake Spavital took over for Clarence McKinney who had struggled to maintain consistency throughout the season. Jake Spavital looked to speed up the offense even more by calling the game from the sideline as apposed to the booth where McKinnney ran things during the season. This move was well received by the Aggie faithful who saw an offense throughout the season that underutilized its stable of talent at running back and tight end.
The Chick-Fil-A Bowl turned out to be one of the most exciting roller coaster rides of a game over the past two seasons ultimately ending in the Aggies favor and capping the biggest comeback in Texas A&M’s history. Johnny was magical as usual with yet another all time performance, an inspiring exhibition of leadership, and a signature “Johnny Parkour” play for the ages. The first half was a tough stretch for the Aggies with miscues and penalties on offense, and a porous defense who suffered from youth and lack of depth and size all season. After a halftime where Coach Sumlin challenged the team,
If you don’t think we are going to win then stay in this locker room and don’t bother coming out for the second half!
Texas A&M responded by coming out and dominating the second half with Johnny and the offense on fire accounting for 35 points and only one incompletion, and ending the game with 541 yards of offense and two late fourth quarter game winning interceptions on defense.
Now a little less than a week removed from the bowl game Texas A&M has the #2 ranked recruiting class in the nation with three 5 star recruits in QB Kyle Allen, DE Myles Garrett, and WR/ATH Speedy Noil. With Mike Evans declaring for the NFL draft and everyone expecting Johnny Manziel to do the same in the next week or so the future of the Texas A&M Football program is set.