No. 13: Texas A&M Aggies

With high hopes but a brutal schedule, Texas A&M could end up as the best third-place team in the history of the SEC

Things you can count on: death, taxes and Texas A&M Aggies ending up as the best two, three, four or five-loss team in the nation.

It doesn’t really matter how good the Aggies are this year because they have more cover than a hen house and more sizzle than a ribeye at the Saltgrass Steakhouse.

Their football facilities are remarkable, their coach is rich, famous and also gets bonus points for being named “Jimbo.”

He talks fast and furious and--last year alone—that two-point loss scare the Aggies put into Clemson had the selection committee wondering how many close losses should eliminate anyone from the CFP playoff.

Texas A&M has everything going its way and wins vs. losses are the least of its worries. Playing in the rugged SEC West alone guarantees the Aggies will be given every benefit of doubt.

Another game against Clemson merely seals TAMU’s fate of possibly becoming the best 7-5 team to ever lace up cleats.

“We have a tremendous schedule,” Coach Jimbo said at SEC Media Days (and days and days) this summer.

The schedule alone could put TAMU in a New Years 6 (losses) bowl.

The Aggies finished 9-4 last year and finished No. 16 in both polls. The USA Today coaches, almost salivating at the possibilities, voted TAMU at No. 11 to start this season.

Texas A&M lost at Alabama by 22 last year but the pundits made it sound like a field goal. And what SEC West team, on a given day, can’t go into Mississippi State and lose by 15?

We know Jimbo is whipping up something special in College Station and that if he keeps his losses tight he’ll have the CFP winds at his back.

We know that 52-13 spanking of NC State in the Gator Bowl was the perfect springboard into the pool of higher expectations.

We know Kellen Mond returns at quarterback and will be throwing to loads of veteran receivers, and that the defensive line looks like it belongs in the SEC.

But how good, really, is TAMU? Might the Aggies, actually, be one more year away?

Remember, if not for two overtime wins last year, against Kentucky and LSU (that one was 74-72 in 7 OTs), TAMU would have finished with six losses and may have slipped to No. 18 in the final polls.

Jimbo Fisher is trying to rebuke the notion that TAMU is still only a spoiler standing in the way of title drives by Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

“We’re not looking to spoil anything,” Fisher said. “We’re looking to win something.”

Texas A&M has in front of it, perhaps, the most daunting three-game road showcase in modern history, with games at Clemson (Sept.7), at Georgia (Nov. 23) and at LSU (Nov. 30).

Those schools are ranked, drum roll, one, three and six in the first coaches’ poll. The Oct. 12 home game against Alabama almost seems like a breather.

TAMU can maintain a high status by keeping any or all of those games close. The only downside is getting blown out in four games by an average of 22.5 points.

It’s hard to suggest anyone making $75 million over 10 years for blowing a whistle is maybe going to have to earn his money.

But Jimbo, certainly, has his work cut out.

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