No. No newcomer to any conference can be bestowed the title of an "elite program" in it's first year in that conference.
Yes, Johnny Manziel is a great football player, especially for a freshman. But imo he is a bit like Cam Newton - "lightning in a bottle". aTm is very lucky to have him. But without him, the rest of the team is rather average and I doubt they would have won anywhere near the number of games they have so far. They most certainly would not have beat Bama on Saturday.
So again, you can't bestow the title "elite" onto a program based solely on the exceptional abilities and accomplishments of a single player.
Let's wait a few years and see how their schedule and W/L records pan out. I'm not ready to crown them king of the hill just yet.
no!!!!! no disrespect to aTm, cause they took it to us saturday. that being said, these fast paced offenses that try to survive in the SEC never do. they are always gonna be 1 hit wonders. not aTm cant or wont become elite, they just wont be able to do it with the offense they have now. they are gonna have to change some things around cause these defensive coordinators in the sec catch on quick. aTm wont the element of suprise next year. roll tide roll
ESPN needs to slow their roll.
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Here is a compairson from 1898 to 2011 - this is conference games and I didnt break it down . it doesnt include 2012. Has A&M ever been considered in the top 10 elite teams of all times? I would think you could name the top 10 teams off the top of your head and unless your an aggie fan they wont many many top 10 list.
I am not bashing A&M , in the least bit. I would suggest the title of this thread is a teaser and just bubble gum for the brain.
We have a 70% vs a 53% conference winning percentage. Would they be at 53% if they had play in the SEC for the past 40 years? Only time will tell.
you can do your own research.
Last edited by bama2112; November 12th, 2012 at 11:31 AM.
Right now we're 2nd/3rd in the mix with LSU/Georgia I'd say.
(I'd take A&M against Georgia BTW)
Anyway, it depends a lot on if we can get our offensive tackles to return, and our defense has no depth, at all....none.
But on the positive side, we are sitting on a recruiting volcano, the difference between us and the University of Texas is that we can coach better and develop players better than they can. So we have potential to get better, but as of right now, for next year, depends on if eligible players leave for the NFL or not...
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Not yet. We get TAMU early next year (I believe), so if they beat Bama then, I might considering revisiting TAMU being an elite. Until then, they are GA/FLA/LSU in the merely really good team level.
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