SEC West is Still Weak Enough for Texas A&M Football to Make Noise
The more Texas A&M football fans have considered the prospect of having to visit Oxford, the more dread has filled each and every one of us. It’s been so long since we won a true road game! Kiffin has our number! You know, stuff like that.
The fact remains, however, that for very single common opponent that the Aggies and Rebels have had, Texas A&M football has had the superior performance. Ole Miss beat Arkansas 27-17 at home; Texas A&M football defeated the Hogs 34-22 (gifting them 10 of those points). Ole Miss beat Auburn 28-21, the Aggies beat them 27-10 (again, gifting the Tigers 7 of those points). Ole Miss could only muster 10 points against Alabama and lost by 14; Texas A&M football battled the Tide to a statistical draw and lost by 6. The transitive property doesn’t work in college football—especially when said transitive property is a mere “who won/lost by more”—but this trend should be encouraging for Texas A&M football fans.
Something else that should be encouraging is the way Tennessee acquitted themselves against Alabama. The Vols jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead and had a 20-7 advantage at halftime. Just as against Texas A&M football, the Tide battened down the hatches defensively in the second half, shutting out the Vols and scoring a defensive touchdown en route to a 34-20 win. An eternal optimist, I see this as justification that last week’s contest in Knoxville was tougher than many thought, and that the doom and gloom surrounding the Aggies may end up being for naught.
Arkansas sucks now. Maybe they’ll fire Pittman and Texas A&M football can bring him on in Addazio’s stead. Mississippi State is terrible. LSU disrespected future U.S. Army soldiers. And for that they will pay. But maybe only in my weekly SEC West power rankings.