Texas A&M Strength of Schedule: The SEC’s 9th toughest schedule

NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at Texas A&M

SDS takes a trip around the SEC and ranks the schedule strength of all 14 SEC teams. We’ll work our way down to the toughest schedule in the SEC.

2014 SEC Strength of Schedule Rankings:

How the NCAA ranks the SEC’s 2014 strength of schedule
#1: Tennessee strength of schedule
#2: Arkansas strength of schedule
#3: Florida strength of schedule
#4: Auburn strength of schedule
#5: Kentucky strength of schedule
#6: South Carolina strength of schedule
#7: Georgia strength of schedule
#8: LSU strength of schedule
#9: Texas A&M strength of schedule
#10: Ole Miss strength of schedule
#11: Mississippi State strength of schedule
#12: Alabama strength of schedule
#13: Missouri strength of schedule
#14: Vanderbilt strength of schedule

The new-look Texas A&M Aggies will look to rebuild key personnel losses at quarterback, wide receiver and left tackle, and they will try to rebound from a disastrous defensive season that statistically saw the Aggies have the SEC’s worst defense. The schedule ranks on the more favorable side compared to nasty gauntlets other teams will face.

Texas A&M’s strength of schedule for 2014:

2014 Texas A&M Aggies’ schedule

  • Aug. 28: at South Carolina
  • Sept. 6: Lamar
  • Sept. 13: Rice
  • Sept. 20: at SMU
  • Sept. 27: vs. Arkansas (Arlington)
  • Oct. 4: at Mississippi State
  • Oct. 11: Ole Miss
  • Oct. 18: at Alabama
  • Nov. 1: UL Monroe
  • Nov. 8: at Auburn
  • Nov. 15: Missouri
  • Nov. 29: LSU

By the Numbers

  • 6 home games
  • 5 away games
  • 1 neutral site game
  • 0 power non-conference game
  • 6 projected preseason top 25 teams (South Carolina, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, LSU)

Strength of Schedule Rank

  • SEC West: 4th
  • SEC overall: 9th

Notes:

  • Cross-divisional opponents: South Carolina and Missouri
  • Opponents winning %: 100-55 (.645)
  • Bye weeks: Before UL Monroe and LSU
  • Biggest swing game: Missouri

Had Texas A&M played at least one legit power non-conference team, their strength of schedule could have improved drastically. Instead, the Aggies play Lamar, Rice, SMU and UL Monroe. Why is Texas A&M traveling to SMU again? It has to be for the ladies.

While it’s easy to knock the non-conference schedule, their SEC schedule is difficult.

Along with playing in college football’s toughest division, Texas A&M takes on new cross-division rival South Carolina and Missouri. Both the Gamecocks and Tigers will be in talks for the SEC East favorite. The Aggies open up at South Carolina on the SEC’s opening night, which will be the new SEC Network’s first live football game.

Road games against South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn will be very tough, along with swing games against Ole Miss and Missouri.

The toughest stretch comes to close the season against Auburn and Missouri in back-to-back weeks, and after a bye week, they finish up with LSU. Closing with three preseason top 25 teams could be nasty. Add in the fact that Ole Miss and Alabama both come calling during the second half, and it could be a tough go for the remaining six games of the season.

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  • “…new cross-division rival…”

    Just sounds really funny.

  • Reminder that A&M had Arkansas signed before re-alignment. This isn’t playing a weak schedule by choice just a matter of it taking a few years to find someone to play out of conference, because our hard out of conference game became a conference game.