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Hard not to wonder how these Aggies would do in Big 12

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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:25 am, Sat Nov 24, 2012.

Texas A&M's move to the Southeastern Conference has already paid off in recruiting, prestige and in the bank.

Here's some food for thought, though: The switch from the Big 12 may have cost the Aggies an opportunity to play for a national championship.

If the Aggies still played in the Big 12, they could (note the word could) have made it through the regular season undefeated. Considering they lost by a field goal to No. 6 Florida and five points to No. 8 LSU while beating former No. 1 Alabama, it certainly seems at least possible.

Kansas State nearly did it as the Big 12's best, so why couldn't the Aggies have rolled through undefeated and been set up to play Notre Dame in Miami?

The Big 12 is down this season, especially in the elite category. It has only one team in the Top 10, two others in the Top 20 and a third in the Top 25. With two of those four ranked teams set to have at least one more loss --- Oklahoma State and Oklahoma play each other Saturday and Texas travels to KSU on the final weekend -- the final AP poll will not be very favorable for the Big 12.

Another plus for the Aggies would have been the schedule. If the Big 12 would have held true to form, alternating home sites from season to season, A&M would have hosted the two highest ranked teams in the conference, No. 7 Kansas State and No. 14 Oklahoma.

With Notre Dame the only undefeated team eligible to play for the national title, an unbeaten A&M would have surely been the second team in the title game, just as KSU was poised to play for the title before losing to Baylor.

"I don't think about the Big 12," A&M senior defensive tackle Spencer Nealy said. "But now you do have me pondering it."

Why not?

Until the playoff system goes into affect, winning the SEC is more difficult than winning both the Big 12 and the national championship.

There is one big flaw in this line of thinking, however.

Who would have beaten Alabama?

And there are other flaws.

For example, A&M's defense struggled most against offenses that resembled its own. Nearly every Big 12 team runs some kind of spread or hurry-up offense like Louisiana Tech's, and the Bulldogs dropped 57 points on A&M. Running an unconventional offense, Ole Miss should have upended the Aggies.

Could the Aggies have won eight conference shootouts?

Also, a six-turnover game like the one A&M had against Ole Miss would probably have proven costly in the Big 12, considering how fast and often Big 12 teams like to score. Many of the Big 12 teams average better than 40 points a game, while Ole Miss was still looking for its first SEC Western Division win in three years.

So simply plugging A&M back into the Big 12 offers no guarantees.

Still, it's an intriguing thought.

After all, how much more exciting would this weekend be with an undefeated A&M playing at rival Texas with a national title game on the line? Beats hosting a Missouri team still looking to qualify for a bowl because it couldn't beat Syracuse at home.

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8 comments:

  • mart80 posted at 2:09 pm on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Then they complain about something ,I have know idea what the h..l their talking about,I just hope she makes it with the beans?

     
  • mart80 posted at 2:04 pm on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Blogging from the lonely confines of KYLE FIELD,only wonder since I left early because the beans were'nt ready, truck with beer ,no room for beans?Potatoe salad,brisket,hog,you know how women are?Then they have to put makeup on and they have to take a shower,then they have to put makeup on and then they have to call people, then they have to complain about whatever,then they don't know where their hat is , like I'm supposed to know.So I left early.[smile]

     
  • fritz posted at 1:46 pm on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    fritz Posts: 163

    I found her, Mart! She was the 49th car I checked. You think that could be a prediction of our score?

     
  • mart80 posted at 11:54 am on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    @03-08: When Hwy.6 look out for a maroon car,she has the beans for the tailgate. OK?

     
  • '03-'08 posted at 11:39 am on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    '03-'08 Posts: 546

    In an effort to "FIT" in with the times, I am wearing my maroon t-shirt over a "black" longsleeve undershirt to the game today.....[wink]

     
  • mart80 posted at 11:26 am on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    I often wondered why we stayed as long as we did?????

     
  • '03-'08 posted at 8:58 am on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    '03-'08 Posts: 546

    If we were still in the Big12 we would probably be playing down to that level instead we are in the SEC playing up to it's level. This article doesn't even make sense.

     
  • Sabio posted at 8:02 am on Sat, Nov 24, 2012.

    Sabio Posts: 67

    Don't know, don't care how we would have done in the Big 12. That we're competing at the highest level in the most difficult league in College football and are a part of the national consciousness far surpasses what we would have done in the Big 12.

     
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