The Texas A&M Aggies are that “other team” that came to the SEC with the national title-hungry Missouri Tigers. For the top teams in the SEC, it is much more likely that they are worrying about Phil Pressey and the Tigers fantastic offense, rather than Elston Turner and the Aggies. Despite the lack of hype surrounding the Aggies, they are 7-1 so far this season. So the question remains: Should top SEC teams be worried about Texas A&M?
Top teams in the SEC will find out Saturday, December 15th, when Texas A&M play the Oklahoma Sooners in their only tough game before SEC play begins. Texas A&M must win this game if they are to concern teams like Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and Alabama. The Aggies have one of the weakest non-conference schedules in the country and, even with a loss, should easily begin SEC play with eleven wins. This game is crucial to Texas A&M’s NCAA tournament hopes, as well as the Aggies’ confidence levels for the beginning of SEC play. Texas A&M’s first four SEC games are against four of the best teams in the conference in Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, and Arkansas.
So yes, Missouri is the marquee “transfer” team in the SEC and gets all the buzz around its games. However, one thing is for certain – this Texas A&M team would never lose to Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. If Texas A&M wants to be more than “that other Big 12 team that came with Missouri,” they need a dominating performance against the Sooners.