It feels like this Texas A&M football team is about as close to rock bottom as they’ve been since Jimbo has been here. A five-game losing streak is the longest in that timeframe; six games would be unprecedented in all of recent history. Of course, it’s not like they’ve all been blowouts. It’s not as if we haven’t seen the ability of this team; they took Alabama to the wire, after all. They were perhaps a more evenly officiated game away from defeating then-number 15 Ole Miss. If they simply don’t give up a touchdown on the opening kickoff against South Carolina, then perhaps they may have had some reprieve.
This isn’t a sport about maybes and almosts, though. It’s about wins and losses, just like any other sport. And the fact remains that the Aggies are in need of a win today just about as badly as any time since perhaps their Southwest Conference days.
You can see from the above numbers just how young this team is. They’ve lost upperclassman leadership in Ainias Smith and Max Johnson. Antonio Johnson remains questionable for the game tonight and rumors abound about Devon Achane’s availability. Injuries have wracked the offensive and defensive fronts.
All this points to the fact that it will, once again, fall on the shoulders of the young guys, the future of the program, to pull this Texas A&M football team out of this unforeseen tailspin in which it finds itself. The good news is that they will have the opportunity to do so against fellow cellar-dwellers in the SEC West in the Auburn Tigers; the bad news is that the game is taking place in Jordan-Hare stadium rather than the friendly confines of Kyle Field.
So can they do it? Will the Aggies be able to pull off a win in Auburn? Here are three reasons that the Aggies will win today.