2. Armani Watts does it again
The Texas A&M defense was never lights out under Kevin Sumlin. Instead they made big plays their bread and butter. Whether it was a sack on third down or a well-timed turnover, the Aggie defense seemed to find ways to rise to the occasion just often enough. More often than not, it seemed like senior safety Armani Watts was involved in those big plays.
Watts secured the biggest home win of the Sumlin era in 2016. He picked off Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs in overtime, ending a marathon game and thwarting a comeback by the Volunteers.
This year Watts produced a similar game-clinching play, this time against Arkansas. Once again overtime was the setting and once again Watts put himself in the right place at the right time. On third and eight Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen threw over the middle of the field. The pass was read well by Watts, who stepped in front of it and secured a diving interception to win the game.
Plays like that became the norm for Watts during his Texas A&M career. That interception kept alive a six-year winning streak over Arkansas who still has yet to beat Texas A&M since the Aggies joined in the SEC in 2012