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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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.
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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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.
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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Some people here are wearing WAY too Crimson of glasses..
We are losing more, yet we seem to think we're fine. I don't see replacing two linemen being an overly large problem...They are losing too much on the o-line.
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.That is a LOT of shifting for an OL in the SEC. It can be a disaster. Also, RT and LT are very different
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...
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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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.
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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