With the potential loss of their four best defensive players and three of their four best offensive players, next year could be a rocky one for A&M. The offense may thrive (or it may look like it did against UF/LSU if there are no receivers who can get separation). The defensive front seven will take a big hit. On the bright side, the defensive backfield should look better (hard not too). And maybe Berthelot improves. If you offerred me 9-3 today I'd take it.
New Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville knows what it’s like to compete in the SEC. In 14 years as head coach at Ole Miss and Auburn, he won 110 games while losing 60. And while he hasn’t coached in the conference since 2008, he still has some opinions about it. Appearing on Paul Finebaum’s radio show, Tuberville offered his forecast for Texas A&M, which went 10-2 in their initial SEC campaign under coach Kevin Sumlin and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“Kevin Sumlin is doing a fabulous job of recruiting. I’ve recruited against A&M for years, and they’re making their mark in recruiting against all the Big 12 teams and any team that’s coming into the state of Texas.
“With that said, I think they probably overachieved this year. Knowing the talent that they had with the quarterback that played and obviously was one of if not the best player in college football. But it kind of catches up with you. I think next year will be even tougher because teams will now see what they’ve done and who the quarterback is, they’ll gameplan in the summer, and it’ll be awful tough for them to repeat what they did this year.”
With Manziel claiming the Heisman Saturday night, we’ve already heard the question being asked: Can he repeat? Those same types of questions are now being raised about Texas A&M with the Aggies heading into their second SEC season next fall.