Preseason hype is the enemy of the Texas A&M football team

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The Texas A&M football team is no stranger to preseason hype. Even if the Aggies are currently approaching a century-long national championship drought, they’ve always had some of the top talent in the entire country. The team has always been a threat to win a national championship.

But oftentimes, the Aggies fall short of preseason expectations.

2021 is the perfect example of this. A&M kicked off the year ranked in the top ten and viewed as a potential College Football Playoff contender. None of that would come to fruition, as the Aggies would eventually fall out of the top-25 and decline to play in their bowl game.

This isn’t a new thing, either. The last 11 times Texas A&M began the season in the top ten, they would finish the season at a lower ranking. A majority of these occasions saw them fall out of the rankings entirely.

A&M had two seasons in the past decade that saw them finish in the AP top five. In one of those seasons, A&M began the year unranked and finished fifth. In the other, the Aggies began at 13 and finished fourth.

Should the Texas A&M football team be worried about preseason expectations?

Based on the number that I proposed in the paragraph above, the answer to this question should be a simple “yes.” The Texas A&M football team has struggled mightily when given preseason expectations to a point where it has become undeniable.

That said, it’s not so simple this year. The 2022 season holds entirely different circumstances. Specifically, those circumstances revolve around Texas A&M’s 2022 incoming class of freshmen, which is the highest-ranked class of all time.

The worry, on the other hand, is in relation to whether or not A&M’s freshmen can step up in a big enough way to warrant this preseason ranking. Look at anybody who has the Aggies in the top five — they’ll point to the incoming class of freshmen with virtually no other reasoning.

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The truth is that this team is still full of question marks. The Aggies still need to fill more than a handful of positions including quarterback, tight end, linebacker, and safety.