Last season the Texas A&M Aggies finished 9-3, cashing with an 8-4 spread mark, before a 41-24 defeat in January’s Cotton Bowl against Louisiana State. This year they are looking to go one better, but how does their schedule look?
The Aggies are one of those teams that can be
put in the ‘almost a contender’ category. They’re a constant eight or nine game
winner each season but come up short in the big games. For every victory over
Texas Tech or Baylor, there are losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and Texas.
One day they’ll get over the hump but it won’t be as a member of the Big 12.
Maybe they’ll find the sledding easier as a member of the SEC but something
tells me that as long as Alabama and LSU are around, the Aggies nation will still be
looking up at the big boys.
If you read the season preview, then you know we were high on this team because of the offense but mightily concerned about the
defense. In their two losses to Oklahoma State and Arkansas, A&M gave up 72
points and they allowed 40 against Texas Tech in a 45-40 win. Defensively the
Aggies are 80th in the nation in total yards and 120th in
Texas A&M is one of the ‘must see’ teams
in College Football. They average more than 552 yards a game (seventh in the
nation) and QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 2005 yards and 15 TD’s. If you
like high-scoring games where the passes light up the night sky then check them
out. Once they learn to play defense they’ll really be something.
Mike Sherman's troops are expected to be a top contender in this year's Big 12 Conference, with sports books listing the Aggies as 6/1 second choices behind the favored Oklahoma Sooners (minus 180) to capture the group's title.
Texas A&M opens its slate with three straight home games, spending its entire September at College Station's Kyle Field. The season opener takes place Sept. 4 against the Southern Methodist Mustangs, followed by visits from the Idaho Vandals and Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sept. 17 and 24, respectively.
The Aggies will be home 'chalk' in the trio of matchups, with oddsmakers listing Texas A&M as an early 13-point favorite against SMU and a four-point choice over Oklahoma State. Southern Methodist went 3-3-1 ATS in its seven road games last year, cashing in a 35-27 opening-week defeat as 12 ½-point road dogs against Texas Tech. Oklahoma State collected at 5-0 ATS in five road wins last season, while edging out the Aggies, 38-35, as a 2 ½-point home favorite.
Texas A&M begins October with two straight weeks away from home, visiting the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Aggies will aim for some revenge against Arkansas, who notched a 24-17 win as five-point road 'chalk' against them last year. Texas Tech dropped a wild 45-27 affair as seven-point road dogs last season against Texas A&M, with both squads uniting for an explosive 1,088 yards.
The Aggies finish the month with home dates against the Baylor Bears and Missouri Tigers, while trekking north for a meeting with the Iowa State Cyclones. Baylor went 3-2 ATS in five road games last year, while Missouri smacked the Aggies last year, 30-9, as 3 ½-point road dogs.
Texas A&M starts off November with a showdown against Oklahoma, who oddsmakers list as an early 9 ½-point home favorite in the battle. The Aggies pulled away in last year's meeting with the Sooners, surging for two late touchdowns and a 33-19 win as 4 ½-point home dogs.
The season finishes with a road trip against the Kansas State Wildcats, followed by home games against the Kansas Jayhawks and Texas Longhorns. Texas A&M has not faced Kansas since a 62-14 spanking from the Jayhawks, in 2009. The Aggies swept Kansas and Texas last season, including a 24-17 win as three-point road 'chalk' against the Longhorns in the annual "Lone Star Showdown."
Aggies linebacker Von Miller is the team's most notable departure this season. Last year's Butkus Award winner was chosen second overall in April's 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Sports books have set the total wins for Texas A&M's 12-game season at 8 ½, with the 'over' presently containing a minus 170 premium.