The Texas A&M football team is one of the most prominent teams in the country. It might seem wacky at first glance, as this is the same Aggie football team that lost their first two SEC contests to Arkansas and Mississippi State.
Since these losses occurred, there has not been a better football team in the country.
That said, most SEC Power rankings disagree. In fact, if you look at some of the most popular, Texas A&M typically lands around the fifth or sixth place. This begs a question: Should the Aggies be rated higher or are their first two losses holding them back enough to justify their current positioning?
The season for the Texas A&M football team has been a story of two halves
It’s easy to say that the Aggies played great football outside of their two losses, but that just wouldn’t be true. The warning signs were there that this team might struggle in Game 1 when Haynes King threw two touchdowns and three interceptions against Kent State.
Granted, Kent State had a solid pass defense, but it’s Kent State. A&M is far too talented to fight in any capacity offensively against a MAC team.
Perhaps it was performances like this that painted this Texas A&M football team in a bad light for those who make the power rankings. Either way, after A&M’s midseason loss pair, they failed to make the top five in many rankings.
To take 247Sport for example, which placed the Aggies in fifth place behind Kentucky and ahead of Auburn. Here’s what they said about the A&M placement.
If you missed Saturday’s win over South Carolina, here’s a quick recap – the Aggies wiped out the Gamecocks in near-record fashion, limiting a talent-short offense to six total yards in three quarters before giving up a few. points and yards with their 2 in the final Frame. It was a dominant performance in a trap game scenario for Texas A&M, which has not lost to South Carolina since entering the SEC.
In short, there is really nothing bad to say about the Aggies at the moment. They are the SEC’s top-ranked two-game losing team. It looks like the Texas A&M struggles are in the rearview mirror, and as you can see above, the Aggies are playing football as dominant as you could ask for.
That said, without a loss to Auburn, Alabama or Ole Miss, it just wouldn’t make sense to rank them higher than fifth. So, to answer the overriding question of this article – no, it wouldn’t make sense for A&M to be ranked higher in the power rankings.
Still, Auburn and Ole Miss will face each other this weekend, so you can expect Jimbo Fisher’s side to make the top four after losing to one of the teams, even on a week off.