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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

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    I think the only games we really have to worry about are Bama and L$U, maybe Ole Miss.
    Agreed...better bring your A game against Vandy as well.
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    Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    They won't be as bad as Arky was this year, but they won't win the west either. aTm is a fad that's passing. They got hot and beat us when they shouldn't have. They were not the best team that night but somehow won. They will lose 4 or more games next season because everyone will catch up with what they are doing. Bama is only getting better. Plus, they are enemy #1 for next season!


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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    I think we should have learned last year not to doubt Texas ATM am anyone who is probably is just hoping they were just a flash and done. But they improved all year and had a heck of a bowl game so I think they will be pretty good and will finish in the top 3 of the west.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

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    Bama is only getting better.


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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    I like our chances against A&M in College Station because it is the second game of the season. Yes, we play Va Tech in Atlanta but they are currently weaker than usual. Even if they do improve I don't see them nearly as good as LSU. A&M won't get Saban twice.
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

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    Our RT Jake Matthews is moving to LT, our C will be his brother Mike (Sophomore), one of our Guards Cedric Ogbuehi will be sliding over to RT and we have about 8 quality players that can plug his spot at Guard. As far as our WR's are concerned, we'll be fine. We have solid depth at that spot and some incredible recruits coming in.

    Our DLine was decimated because of graduations and Damontre leaving a year early, but that was supposed to be our weak spot last year. Overall, our D wasn't that great last year and won't be for at least 1-2 more seasons. Basically, Mark Snyder our DC did an incredible job with the talent he was given, I hope he can do it again. With that being said, I think the only games we really have to worry about are Bama and L$U, maybe Ole Miss.
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    A&M is far superior to Arky 2012. Our O-line will be fine and maybe even better. Manziel can throw as well as any QB in the nation whether in the pocket or on the run. Our RBs will be the best we have had in years. It will be tough to beat Bama but I believe we will beat LSU.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by MightyWingman View Post
    Our RT Jake Matthews is moving to LT, our C will be his brother Mike (Sophomore), one of our Guards Cedric Ogbuehi will be sliding over to RT and we have about 8 quality players that can plug his spot at Guard. As far as our WR's are concerned, we'll be fine. We have solid depth at that spot and some incredible recruits coming in.

    Our DLine was decimated because of graduations and Damontre leaving a year early, but that was supposed to be our weak spot last year. Overall, our D wasn't that great last year and won't be for at least 1-2 more seasons. Basically, Mark Snyder our DC did an incredible job with the talent he was given, I hope he can do it again. With that being said, I think the only games we really have to worry about are Bama and L$U, maybe Ole Miss.
    That is a LOT of shifting for an OL in the SEC. It can be a disaster. Also, RT and LT are very different. Just ask Mike Johnson from the Bama 08 squad. The green DL should also be cause of concern. I'm not saying they won't be solid, but untested fronts on both sides of the ball would worry me if they had to play the defending champs in the 2nd ball game. I'm not sure they'll be catching us, or we'll be catching them at a bad time. Usually, AL is pretty solid early in the year. All I know is I would rather have less "question marks" on my squad than more.

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

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    They won't be as bad as Arky was this year, but they won't win the west either. aTm is a fad that's passing. They got hot and beat us when they shouldn't have. They were not the best team that night but somehow won. They will lose 4 or more games next season because everyone will catch up with what they are doing. Bama is only getting better. Plus, they are enemy #1 for

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Some people here are wearing WAY too Crimson of glasses..

    They are losing too much on the o-line.
    We are losing more, yet we seem to think we're fine. I don't see replacing two linemen being an overly large problem...

    That is a LOT of shifting for an OL in the SEC. It can be a disaster. Also, RT and LT are very different
    Matthews is a STUD. He comes from great pedigree (Bruce Matthews), and shouldn't have problems transitioning. Barrett did it TWICE, and as good as he is OVERALL he probably isn't physically as gifted as Matthews.


    The aTm Offense will be just fine...the only concern I see is how their defense gels. Replacing Damontre Moore will be tough, but shouldn't be a deal breaker.

    This aTm isn't in the same realm as Arkansas... Even before the Patrino was gone, people started to see the writing on the wall. That team wasn't built to be a top 10, 20, or anything kinda team. They had lost their top five receivers, the top rusher off oc ACL surgery, and a defense that was AWFUL the previous year...

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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    There is something else that CANNOT BE MEASURED - hunger. If they have it, they will be tough to beat. But if they spend the next eight months listening to ESPN talk about how good they are rather than hitting the weights, watching film, and learning what they have to do, they will be a four or five-loss team next year.


    You must understand (and aTm has not yet had this wake-up call that most SEC teams get) - the difference between national champions and the lower part of the Western division is THREE PLAYS. That's it - three plays separate champs from chumps. We went through a period back about 15 years ago where the team that won the West one year finished last in the division the very next year (95 Arkansas, 96 Alabama, 97 Auburn, 99 Alabama). The fall is so fast you can't even look around and grab onto anything.


    Furthermore......Nick Saban (and Alabama both) have a knack not only for winning but destroying programs in the process. Look at the SEC since CNS came here. Auburn is on their third coach, Tennessee their fourth, and only Les Miles and Steve Spurrier remain from the day Saban left Miami in 2007.


    I have no beef with aTm, but don't be totally surprised if they beat us and then lose to somebody they have no business losing to. Don't be surprised if they lose to us (whether close or not) and recover, either. And don't be surprised if they lose to us and implode. I've seen all of those things happen in my years watching the SEC. This is NOT the Big XII, where you get a breather next week - even though as I noted aTm's schedule is favorable. (So too is ours).
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    Re: Is A&M in 2013 the Arky of 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by bamacon View Post
    That is a LOT of shifting for an OL in the SEC. It can be a disaster. Also, RT and LT are very different. Just ask Mike Johnson from the Bama 08 squad. The green DL should also be cause of concern. I'm not saying they won't be solid, but untested fronts on both sides of the ball would worry me if they had to play the defending champs in the 2nd ball game. I'm not sure they'll be catching us, or we'll be catching them at a bad time. Usually, AL is pretty solid early in the year. All I know is I would rather have less "question marks" on my squad than more.
    I don't have to ask Mike Johnson, I can just ask Bruce Matthews. He and his family live 4 houses down from me. Bruce is the OLine coach for the Titans, I'm pretty sure that he's coached all of his sons since they were kids at all OL positions. Also, ALL of our OLine were recruited by Mike Sherman. He is now the OC for the Dolphins and specialized in OL coaching throughout his college coaching career. I've known the Matthews family for well over 20 years and am sure he and his kids are more than ready to move positions at the drop of a hat. Last year when Sumlin wanted to RS Mike, Bruce said no. Sumlin wasn't exactly sure how to take it, but Bruce then reminded Sumlin that A&M would need a deep snapper. Even though Mike never even attempted it prior to that conversation, he was our deep snapper last year. As a matter of fact, Bruce started showing Mike how to deep snap within 24 hours of that conversation.

    Our D is what concerned me last year and what concerns me next year. Our offense will be much better than what it was for a few reasons, namely because of all of the RB's that become eligible. Tra Carson (transfer from Oregon) and Brandon Williams (transfer from Oklahoma) combined with Trey Williams and Ben Malena.

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    How many months does CNS have to get ready for Johnny Football? 'Nuff said. Not that he needs it. He has the answer. We were just a tired team this year when we played them. Not the case next year. And if JF keeps screwing around like he is the term sophomore jinx won't even come into play; he may never even see the field. What's the worst a Heisman winner has ever done the following year? We may be about to find out.

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