Nov 1, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; The endzone pylon at Kyle Field during the second quarter of a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. Texas A&M Aggies won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas A&M football program has been on the up and up since Kevin Sumlin took over prior to the 2011-2012 season. During his first three seasons, he coached the Aggies to a 28-11 record but the team slipped to 8-5 in 2014.
This year the Aggies must rebound from a young quarterback who burst onto the scene during September then disappeared from the college football landscape. In addition, the Aggies had to thrust his replacement into a quarterback battle that was decided just this week.
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The Aggies think they have what it takes to compete in the SEC West, but I beg to differ. I think that quarterback Kyle Allen will at some point during the season be replaced by freshman Kyler Murray and the Aggies will have a losing record, failing to make a bowl game for the first time since 2008.
Despite 16 returning starters, turmoil will consume this program as they transition between two quarterbacks again like in 2014 with Allen and Kenny Hill, and they will lose a lot of close games.
The major difference is the talent of the two players. Allen has potential to be a great quarterback and if he succeeds, my predictions are completely wrong. But it took the coaching staff this late into August to name him the starter so I don’t think that the confidence is completely there.
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