Texas A&M Football: Why Aggies should be most feared team in the SEC

Leon O'Neal, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Leon O'Neal, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M football team isn’t anybody’s favorite to win the SEC. Heck, the Aggies probably won’t even reach the SEC Championship game, much less win the thing. Still, it’s hard to say that anybody would want to see the Texas A&M football team on their schedule.

On paper, the Aggies look relatively unimpressive. They suffered two losses and likely won’t see the return of their starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

So why should teams fear the Aggies?

Outside of Georgia, the Texas A&M football team is arguably the hottest team in the nation

Okay, let’s pretend for a second that Georgia doesn’t exist. Try to name me a college football team that is hotter than Texas A&M right now. Any team in the country — I’ll wait.

You could make the argument for Michigan or Michigan State out of the Big Ten, but the toughest team either of those squads has faced might be a 3-5 Nebraska team. So while the Spartans and Wolverines are 7-0, neither of them has proven it against a contender.

Cincinnati has a solid win against No. 11 Notre Dame, but that’s about it. Oklahoma continues to win football games, but they’re not doing it in convincing fashion.

The Aggies, on the other hand, are just a few weeks removed from taking down top-ranked Alabama, handing Nick Saban his first loss against a former assistant. The Aggies didn’t just steal a win, either — they outplayed Alabama in every facet of the game.

They continued to play incredible football after the Alabama game, too, trouncing a solid Missouri team in Columbia, Missouri, by a 35-14 margin before running the South Carolina Gamecocks off of their home field. At a point in the game, the Aggies led 44-0. It was a bloodbath.

The point that I’m trying to make is simple, and I’m not alone in thinking it. Outside of Georgia, the Texas A&M football team might be the last squad that you want to see on your schedule right now. This was referenced in SaturdayDownSouth’s SEC Power Rankings after Week 8.

"For all intents and purposes, the Aggies were leading 44-0 before a couple of garbage time touchdowns by South Carolina, so this final score could have been a lot worse. Either way, the Aggies are fully back on track after a couple of hiccups against Arkansas and Mississippi State. Now, they get a week off to rest and recover. This is not a team I’d want to see on my schedule down the stretch."

This is a Texas A&M football team that will have time to bolster its health during the bye week. Any issues Jimbo Fisher’s team has had this season have been directly related to injuries — a healthy Aggie football team should strike fear in the SEC.

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