Predicting the 2013 SEC Football Season: Texas A&M Aggies

Remtch September 14. - Mike Zarrilli

With less than 45 days until the college football season begins, it's never too early to look at the 2013 football schedules and make wild blind predictions.

The eleventh in a series leading up to fall camps brings us to the land of the Twelfth Man.

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Texas A&M Aggies 11-2 (6-2) in 2012

Synopsis: Kevin Sumlin brought new life and a Heisman to Aggieland. Will there be a sophomore slump or can they build on the success of 2012? Although WR Mike Evans (82 catches, 1105 yards, 5 TDs) returns, the Aggies lost some key members of their offense (see below) heaping more responsibility on QB Johnny Manziel. Can Manziel put all of his off-the-field missteps behind him and not let it affect his play?
Depending on how much of a disciplinarian Sumlin is, the defense could be without two key defenders in CB Deshazor Everett and DT Kirby Ennis for a few games. Or not... The defense returns a plethora of experience in the backfield and some experience on the D-line. However, there are many question marks at linebacker.

Key Losses: OT Luke Joeckel, RB Christine Michael, DE Damontre Moore, LB Sean Porter, LB Jonathan Stewart, WR Ryan Swope, OC Kliff Kingsbury (thanks, LizardState)

Key Returners: Johnny You-Know-Who, OT Jake Matthews, CB Deshazor Everett?, WR Mike Evans, DT Kirby Ennis?, LB Steven Jenkins

Newcomers: ATH Ricky Seals-Jones, DT Isaiah Golden, DT Justin Manning, DB Kameron Miles, WR JaQuay Williams

The Schedule:
8/31/13 Rice (College Station, TX) - Win
9/7/13 Sam Houston State (College Station, TX) - Win
9/14/13 Alabama (College Station, TX) - Okay, call me a homer, call me a Gump, but foremost call me a believer in Nick Saban. It is rare when a team beats him twice in a row. Add in 2 weeks to prepare and I see - Loss
9/21/13 SMU (College Station, TX) - Win
9/28/13 Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark) - Win
10/5/13 bye
10/12/13 Ole Miss (Oxford, MS) - should be an entertaining game but the Rebs aren't quite there yet - Win
10/19/13 Auburn (College Station, TX) - Win
10/26/13 Vanderbilt (College Station, TX) - Win
11/2/13 UTEP (College Station, TX) - Win
11/9/13 Mississippi State (College Station, TX) - Win
11/16/13 bye
11/23/13 LSU (Baton Rouge, LA) - this is a hard place for any road team to win - Loss
11/30/13 Missouri (Columbia, MO) - Win

Let's go Bowling! Sugar Bowl maybe?

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