Countdown to College Football: Day 36 - Texas A&M

Today we look at the oldest public university in Texas. 

School: Texas A&M

Mascot: Aggies

Fight Song: The Aggie War Hymn

Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin (79-38, 44-21 at Texas A&M)

Stadium: Kyle Field (Capacity: 102,733)

Best Place to Eat on Campus:

Koppe Bridge Bar and Grill has won numerous awards for their burgers.  As you may have noticed, we are big fans of good burgers here.  The bar is Aggie themed, has been around for 25 years and is a converted feed store.  It checks all the boxes. 

Greatest Moment in Program History:

In the early 90's, R.C. Slocum's Aggies rumbled through the Southwest Conference year after year.  Slocum's "Wrecking Crew" defense, known for their aggression, speed and violence, made a name for themselves nationally.  The Aggies had a bad habit of running into Lou Holtz's loaded Notre Dame squads in the Cotton Bowl, preventing them from being considered a truly elite program. In 1996, the Big 8 expanded to become the Big 12, and Texas A&M joined one of the toughest conferences in America, headed by the two time defending National Champion Nebraska. With the increased competition, the Aggies struggled to adjust.  Yet, after settling in, in 1998, they found themselves in the Big 12 title game against undefeated Kansas State. Despite being down 15 in the 4th quarter, the Aggies forced overtime and won the game when a quick slant went for a touchdown, giving A&M their first Big 12 title. 

Current State of the Program: 

At some point in each of the last three seasons, Texas A&M has been ranked in the top 10. By the end of each of these seasons, the Aggies were 8-5 and unranked. For a school and a program so invested in football, these consistently disappointing results are unacceptable. Kevin Sumlin's seat is in flames, and another 8-5 season simply will not cut it.  The SEC West is one of the toughest divisions in the country, with Alabama as the bully and LSU as the sleeping giant that occasionally awakens and pummels teams into submission.  Despite a lack of improvement in record, A&M has improved and were only a few bounces away from a 11-2 season.  That said, the margin between coaching a contender and looking for employment is often razor thin, and the Aggies and Sumlin will need to figure out how to win those close games this year, or else. 

Prediction: 8-4

at UCLA - W

vs Nicholls State - W

vs LA-Lafayette - W

vs Arkansas - W

vs South Carolina - W

vs Alabama - L

at Florida - L

vs Mississippi State - W

vs Auburn - L

vs New Mexico - W

at Mississippi - W

at LSU - L