What’s the best pre-season ranking philosophy? Should it be about how good a team is? Or should the key be its prospects for finishing the season where it started in the rankings?
This is what I call the Texas A&M Dilemma.
On one hand, second-year coach Jimbo Fisher, who guided the Aggies to a very solid 9-4 start last season, seems to have A&M poised for even better things in his second season.
Great things are expected from junior quarterback Kellen Mond, who passed for 3,107 yards and 24 touchdowns last fall and ran for 474 yards and 7 TDs. Sophomore running back Jashaun Corbin has the potential for a big year. And while there will be new faces in many places, Fisher, who has hired an impressive staff of assistants, has the ingredients to take another step.
The question is, what constitutes ``another step’’ for a guy who received a ridiculous 10-year, $75 million contract? Yeah, he won at Florida State. And yeah, It Just Means More in the SEC.
But do we really want it to mean that much?
And here’s the real problem: A&M plays at Clemson, at Georgia and at LSU. Oh, and the Aggies get Alabama and Auburn at home.
If they run the table, we should just call off the College Football Playoff.
More likely, Texas A&M will lose some games. And then, the experts who over-rated them will say they were over-rated.
Or something like that.