Sixth installment in the series takes us to Aggieland:
Coach: Kevin Sumlin (28–11 in three seasons at TAMU; 13-11 in SEC)
2014 record: 8-5 (3-5 in SEC, 6th in West Division)
CB969 2014 Prediction: 6-6 "Can Sumlin win with someone he recruited at QB? Much of the defense return but I am not sure if that is a good thing since they were dreadful in 2013."
Key losses: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, OG Jarvis Harrison, CB Deshazor Everett, RB Trey Williams FS Floyd Raven, WR Malcome Kennedy, TE Cameron Clear, OG Garrett Gramling, SS Howard Matthews, QB Kenny Hill, K .
Returning starters: 8 or 9 on offense, 7 on defense, and punter.
Top returnees: OT Germain Ifedi, C , RUSH Myles Garrett, RB Tra Carson, QB Kyle Allen, WR Josh Reynolds, WR Speedy Noil, WR Ricky Seals-Jones, CB De'Vante Harris.
Top newcomers: DC John Chavis (LSU), WR Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, AZ), DT Daylon Mack (Gladewater, TX), QB Kyler Murray (Allen, TX),
Strengths: three offensive linemen, WRs & QBs (though all are young), Chavis (see below), punting.
Weaknesses: the rest of the offensive linemen, secondary, linebackers, kicker, playing in the SEC West.
Outlook: A&M's defense improved from 111th in total defense in 2013 to 104th last season. Sumlin convinced his higher-ups to break open the piggy banks (sorry, nursing school) to acquire defense extraordinaire John Chavis to serve as Defensive Coordinator/Miracle Worker... Kyle Allen was impressive taking over at QB but how well will he do now that opposing coaches have tape on him? ... The Aggs have some exciting young WRs but they are still mighty young... Placekicker Taylor Bertolet has converted just 4-of-12 field goal attempts between 30 and 49 yards and has missed 10 extra points in two seasons.
Sept. 5 Arizona State* - W - CAREFUL, Aggs. The Sun Devils have a history of big wins over non-cons (2011-Mizzou, 2012-Illinois, 2013-Wisconsin, 2014-Notre Dame) before they peter out.
Sept. 12 Ball State - W
Sept. 19 Nevada - W
Sept. 26 Arkansas** - L - although this is now debatable with Arky RB Jonathan Williams out for the season.
Oct. 3 Mississippi State - W - Home team takes this one.
Oct. 10 off week
Oct. 17 Alabama - L
Oct. 24 at Ole Miss - L - A&M's first non-neutral field road game and first out-of-state game.
Oct. 31 South Carolina - W
Nov. 5 Auburn - L - Unless the Aggs can learn how to play defense by this point.
Nov. 14 W Carolina - W
Nov. 21 at Vanderbilt - W
Nov. 28 at LSU - L
* Houston, TX (home of the NFL Texans)
** Arlington, TX (Jerry's World)
Let's go Bowling! Yes, likely somewhere west of the Georgia-Alabama line.
* Fun Fact: In the six games in which he attempted 16 or more passes, Kyle Allen threw one interception.