Texas A&M is entering the 2013 season on the heels of an 11-2 record and a successful debut in the SEC. Heisman trophy winning Quarterback Johnny Manziel led his Aggies to an upset victory over eventual national champion Alabama, the Crimson Tide’s only loss of the season.
But do the Aggies have enough to overtake Alabama in the SEC West?
Alabama has been the most successful program in college football over the last few seasons. Since Nick Saban took over in 2007, the Tide have won three BCS national championships, including the last two. Alabama has won the SEC West three of the last five seasons.
But the Aggies have garnered much interest since their upset win over the Tide last season. Texas A&M surprised many with a dominant season in the SEC and will look to improve this season.
The Aggies were the lone team successful in creating a scheme to stop Alabama last season and worked it to perfection. Manziel will look to continue his impressive collegiate career and add to an already storied legacy.
It’s hard to say which team has the advantage heading into 2013 based on last year’s game. Alabama seemed to be unstoppable before their A&M matchup.
Not only did the Aggies successfully beat Bama, but they did so on the road. This year, the Aggies will have home field advantage when they host the Tide at Kyle Field at College Station.
However, the Crimson Tide are the reigning national champions and seem to figure out a way to stay dominant through recruiting each season. Also, as proven during the national championship lay-off period, Saban and the Tide work best when they have time to prepare for an opponent.
Alabama will look to seek revenge and will plan ahead for Manziel and the Aggies more intently than before and may figure out an answer for the elusive quarterback.
Overall, the chances for Texas A&M to emerge as the frontrunner in the SEC West are not guaranteed, but they are possible. It would be difficult to bet against the Tide to repeat as SEC West champions, however, they will have their hands full competing with Texas A&M.