Easy peazy schedule
After a few sarcastic remarks about the rough history of Texas A&M football, he again goes back to saying that FSU will win a natty before TAMU wins the SEC West because of their schedule. “The road is easier for the Seminoles,” Parker says. I agree. The road for FSU is a cake walk compared to the Aggies schedule. In 2018 alone the Ags have to play Clemson and Alabama (in Tuscaloosa) before the month of October and then Auburn (in Auburn) and LSU in November.
The Noles have to battle the mighty Samford Bulldogs at home and then must continue to defend their home turf against the ferocious Northern Illinois Huskies. Yes, they’ll win the majority, if not all, of their non-conference games in a bloodbath like they should. Good for them. It won’t matter in the long run. Playoff voters will see then and say whoop de do. It won’t look impressive to those who actually know the game.
Furthermore, Parker himself even says “arguably their three toughest games,” are Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Florida AT HOME. Clemson will be a booger for anyone but if you’re having a hard time getting past Virginia Tech and injury-riddled Florida, then I don’t think it’s safe to say you’ll be winning it all anytime soon.
Wait a Minute…
Now let me clear up the air. I understand that the Aggies had a rough time against tiny Nicholls State and didn’t exactly destroy Louisiana-Lafayette. However, you have to understand the situation. After losing starting quarterback, Nick Starkel in the UCLA debacle, (FSU should understand that one), the Aggies had to start the 18-year-old kid, Kellen Mond. At the time, Mond wasn’t ready to be a starter. This was essentially his training.
The Aggies had the defense to hang with anyone, which they did, and do more than they really had to. It just took the Aggie offense a few games to get going and to come to terms with the reality of the situation. Kevin Sumlin was worried about his job and there was just a sense of “meh” for the first few games after UCLA.