The 2012 season was a new one on many fronts for the Texas A&M Aggies. Most notably, A&M was joining a new league, the powerful Southeastern Conference, which is widely known as the best football conference in the country.
But that wasn’t the only change in College Station. Kevin Sumlin was the Aggies’ new head coach, and a fall quarterback-battle produced a winner named Johnny Manziel who, by the end of the season, was simply known as Johnny Football. Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Sumlin did his best to temper expectations prior to the 2012 season. After all, A&M was joining the mighty SEC. However, Sumlin is quietly confident in himself and his team. He brought that swagger to Kyle Field and to the Aggies’ new conference.
The Texas A&M headman will have no such luck this season. Everyone in the SEC knows about the Aggies now and if they did overlook A&M last season, they certainly won’t this year.
That presents an interesting challenge for Sumlin, Manziel and the rest of the Aggies. Now that they are a known quantity, will they be able to match last season’s production? After all, a road win against the Alabama Crimson Tide showed what A&M is capable of doing.
Now that the SEC teams have seen A&M, and Manziel, will they be able to adjust to Sumlin’s offense? The answer is likely yes, as you can’t give Nick Saban and Les Miles so much time to prepare for such an offense, especially when their teams have a ton of NFL talent on defense.
Sumlin, Manziel and the rest of the Aggies will have a tougher challenge in 2013. But as they proved last season, Texas A&M will be a force to be reckoned with in the SEC.