College Football Preseason Top 25: #9 Texas A&M

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Last season was a tale of two Aggies as Texas A&M found new life with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback. Al Dannity has the Aggies as his second highest ranked Big 12 team ahead of season that promises much to success starved fans in College Station.

The schedule It won’t be a cupcake for kick-off as the Aggies will expect a decent challenge from SMU in College Station. A home game with Idaho will be followed by the first big game of the season, a home date with Oklahoma State on September 24. The pass-happy offense of Arkansas will face the Aggies just seven days later at Cowboys’ Stadium.

Two of A&M’s toughest conference opponents pay a visit in October, with Baylor and Missouri both coming to College Station. The Missouri game will be followed by a huge match-up with Oklahoma on November 5. As always, the Aggies will finish the regular season against arch-rivals Texas.

The players It’s easier to go through the list of notable losses. That should really read notable loss as the only outgoing player that will be difficult for the loaded Aggies to replace is the ultra-talented Von Miller.

Texas A&M return a massive 18 starters from 2010, including breakout quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Jeff Fuller promises to be Tannehill’s main target for 2011 and the Aggies also have a powerful ground game thanks to Cyrus Gray. The defense is equally loaded with cornerback Coryell Judie bound to catch the eye of College Football betting fans. The Aggies also return Randy Bullock and Ryan Epperson, last year’s starters at kicker and punter.

The forecast Right now, the folks over at are mostly concerned with which conference the Aggies will play in for the long-term. Any momentum, good or bad, at the start of 2011 will surely switch their attentions back to Big 12 matters, at least as far as this season is concerned.

Mike Sherman knows he has a quality line-up with the depth to challenge for conference and possibly even national honors. Playing the Cowboys at home is a huge advantage but that road game against the Sooners is too hard to overlook. This has the potential to be a huge year for the Aggies. I like them to make the BCS with an at-large bid but they just fall short of being my pick to win the Big 12.