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LSU Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies Open Game Thread

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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For most folks across the country, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without football on TV. Now that you have had your fill of turkey and the Dallas Cowboys, it is time to watch some College Football.

LSU (6-4, 4-3) at Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) 6:30/7:30 ESPN ESPN

There is no lacking of storylines in this game.


lsu les miles

Interestingly, it was this game last year (won by the Tigers 19-7) when the LSU players lifted Les Miles on their shoulders and carried him around the field. The Tigers had gone from starting 7-0 to losing three straight to Bama, Arky, and Ole Miss. The losses had put Miles firmly on the hot seat and it looked certain that he was going to be fired. However, AD Joe Alleva got suckered in by this display and kept his coach around. He clearly regretted this move and fired Miles four games into the 2016 season and only hours after a victory over Auburn was overturned by replay.


Some of the ill-informed media seem to think that Ed Orgeron still has a shot at having the "Interim" label removed from his title. If he wins this game in College Station, it will help his resume, but I just can't see Alleva falling for fan/mob mentality again.


USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported last Thursday (before Texas' loss to Kansas) that sentiments in College Station had swung against Kevin Sumlin.

"Heading into this weekend," Wolken said, "three people with strong connections to the college coaching industry told USA TODAY Sports they believe the chances of Charlie Strong remaining at Texas next season and Kevin Sumlin coming back to Texas A&M are roughly equal as they embark on massive games down the stretch."

After a quick start to his career at TAMU with the help of Johnny Manziel, things have slid downhill into mediocrity. He seems to have settled into a nice little rut. Add in the alarming rate of starting quarterbacks transferring out, and the 12th MAN is getting antsy.

After starting this season 6-0, his Aggies lost three of four including a humiliating loss to Mississippi State. Sumlin may be coaching for his job.

Maybe the Aggies are a little too demanding or maybe they think they can land a bigger fish in Houston's Tom Herman. With Strong's inevitable ouster in Austin, it will be interesting to watch the developments.

Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M (2012–present)
2012 Texas A&M 11–2 6–2 T–2nd (Western) W Cotton
2013 Texas A&M 9–4 4–4 4th (Western) W Chick-fil-A
2014 Texas A&M 8–5 3–5 6th (Western) W Liberty
2015 Texas A&M 8–5 4–4 T–5th (Western) L Music City
2016 Texas A&M 8–3 4–3 TBA TBA


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