Aggies Up, Longhorns Down?

UT may still have the better team, but Texas A&M is doing better than expected in the SEC.
Tue October 9, 2012 7:15 pm
Associated Press | Rogelio V. Solis

This SEC thing’s going pretty good, huh?

Texas A&M didn’t just win its second Southeast Conference game–a 30-27 comeback on the road against the University of Mississippi–but it also got a better loss in retrospect, as its season-opening opponent, Florida, took down fourth-ranked LSU.

Ranked just twenty-fourth at the time of their September 8 visit to Kyle Field, the Gators are now themselves fourth in the Associated Press poll, where the 4-1 Aggies also made their season debut at number 22.

Looking at the schedule, A&M now has a legitimate chance to go 8-4 or even 9-3, with LSU and Alabama looming as the toughest games. And even a worst-case 6-6 would disprove those who said the school was guaranteed to do worse in the SEC than it had done in the Big 12 (faint praise though that may be).

Much of the credit—certainly for the offense, and the performance of quarterback Johnny Manziel, the three-time SEC “rookie of the week”—has to go to head coach Kevin Sumlin, who not only brought the fireworks from his old University of Houston attack, but is also just a bit more fun than A&M’s last coach, the older, NFL-pedigreed and yes, whiter, Mike Sherman. Here’s video of Sumlin and the team after

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