The eleventh in a series leading up to fall camps brings us to the land of the Twelfth Man.
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
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
10/12/13 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
11/23/13 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?