Wow. Newman's potential alone will get him in the NFL, even though he showed that potential against lesser competition. I'd thought he came to UGA because he wanted to improve his draft stock by proving he can play with the best. I guess he's changed his mind and will be ok with a late round draft or walk-on consideration. Those kinds of decisions make me scratch my head. Does it mean he's not really a competitor?
This will be Jimbo's best Aggie team to date in both talent and experience. While I would have loved to see that team face their original schedule, I'm still excited to see what the team can do against tougher competition. I see them as being noticeably better on both sides of the ball this year compared with last year. Mond's problems have been at the start of big games. I'm really thinking the lower attendance this year, particularly in road games, might improve Mond's ability to get on track early in games. If his experience along with the lower-key big game environment can help him manage the early-game jitters, it could be a stellar season.
I agree with you. The article picks LSU at Florida as the Gators' toughest game in the first half of the season. Don't get me wrong, LSU always puts together a really good team, but after revamping their whole offense, you have to think it will take them a few games to really start clicking, especially on the road. The Aggies have great continuity, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and should hit their stride earlier than a lot of teams.
My first year as a Spurs fan came the year of the Championship with an asterisk. You know what, I still see writers mention the asterisk, but it doesn't matter a bit. A championship is a championship.
The only asterisk will be in the minds of the teams who forfeited the season.
The entire nation was invited to participate. Some decided to forfeit. How does that affect the ones who stuck their necks out to play?
I still don't get how a couple of conferences sitting out when they'd not likely be in the playoffs anyway would in any way place an asterisk on a championship season.
The Big Ten and PAC-12 are making a conscious choice to forfeit the season. I would prefer that they play ball, but they chose otherwise. Are you honestly saying that their choice to sit at home should negate any championship for those who stuck their necks out to play?
UT has done a great job over the years recruiting good talent and their players have a lot of fun in college. The knock against them is that even the best players are generally not developed into NFL caliber players. Player development is where they're lacking. It's always possible for a team to change that mindset, but it's such a long track record, it seems risky for a kid with as much upside as Ewers has to be another in a long line of guinea pigs.
Fans not the only ones angry: Several coaches reportedly upset following SEC’s 10-game schedule release
Complain about the extra two games? Really? I'm just happy that the SEC is bucking the PC trends and planning to play football at all.
Let's have football. While we have to be careful about COVID, we've learned a lot about the virus in the past 8 months. We know how to contain it, although it requires discipline. Football players generally cordon themselves off from the rest of college students anyway in most cases. That needs to continue, and even be taken up a notch. There are safe ways to restart college football.
Great choice, young man. Welcome to Aggieland!
I'm not sure why we're even talking about this. My understanding is that the Big 12 announced earlier this month that they're running a conference-only schedule this year, and the SEC announced the same today. I realize that's not going to put an end to the never-ending "will they ever play again" talk, but it does put an end to the question of whether or not it'll happen this year. So there's that.
Strong work, Aggies! Now back to work.
Wow, I still think any school (apart from LSU) would choose Saban over Orgeron. Orgeron is indeed a formidable coach, but he's yet to prove it over multiple seasons. That's not to say that he won't, just that he hasn't yet. When Bama's down year is a year when they don't go to the playoffs, that speaks to how dominant Saban's teams have been. He's still the leader. As much as I cringe seeing Fisher at #6, I can't argue with that. I'm expecting him and the Aggies to compete on a high level now that he's starting to get some talent on the field, but the ranking will have to wait until the wins start coming in.
The school has great academics. The young man is probably using his football skills to secure an education that will help him whether he makes it to the NFL or not.
The way this is going, is there anyone who can imagine 100,000 people allowed to go into the same building at the same time this fall?
What you're describing is pretty typical. This seems to be the most infectious agent we've ever seen, although its effect on people varies wildly. Three people infected who look similar in all ways may have completely different responses - one will be asymptomatic, another will have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, and the other will die. Your 6 employees who worked with the infected guy - I wouldn't bet they weren't infected. They were just people who infected others.
Goodness! Will someone please press the ffwd to football season?!!!
That really is a great story. Now back to football... or viral pandemics... Well, back to the offseason....
Winning the SEC will never carry an asterisk.
Fair enough, but I'll also point out that LSU's only 1-1 against the Aggies in the Jimbo vs Orgeron series. LSU's one win against Jimbo's Aggies occurred when LSU had the team of the century with all the stars aligned. I'm interested to see how this next game turns out.
Yeah, there's probably one or two of them who think that, but they don't get out much and they have no friends.
Now that we're in the doldrums of the off season, I appreciate any and all articles about SEC football, especially when they deal with the Aggies. Thank you, Connor. Still, I'll argue against the premise that Jimbo's salary creates a situation in which he needs to "convince the college football world that $60 million guaranteed left on that deal is undoubtedly a good thing". What the Aggies paid for Jimbo's contract is between the Aggies and him - the college football world can go fly a kite as far as I'm concerned if they're thinking they have any say in that. Jimbo's salary raised the ceiling for good coaching contracts, but not by much - it was an incremental change more than a revolutionary statement. You mentioned the low point from where the Aggies' football program is coming from over the past 19 years prior to Jimbo, but didn't pay nearly enough attention to your own words when you wrote it. The years of late season collapses is emblazoned in the minds of all Aggies. If the incremental change in raising the ceiling for head coaching contracts gets the Aggies to a point at which we're consistently relevant without our football program being a standing joke, I'll be happy. If that doesn't get us a natty, we'll make other changes to continue improving. Most Aggies are by nature generally patient people. The SEC West is a huge hill to climb - we understand that. We'll get there one way or another. My personal feeling is that if Jimbo could get to the top at FSU, he should be able to get there at A&M with more resources and greater commitment form the administration. I do expect double digit wins this year, but also understand that we've only had 2 consecutive top 10 recruiting seasons when our highest level competition has been recruiting at that level for far longer. We're still at a point where injuries can derail us pretty easily. We need to approach this season with optimism because we're getting where we need to be, while understanding that we're not there yet. Take one season at a time, one game at a time, keep your eyes downfield, and as always, Gig 'Em!
I'd feel a bit better if all we had to worry about was who would be the leading RB, but I'm finding myself in the unenviable position of agreeing with you on the O'line comment.
Aggies are a patient fan base by nature. Don't buy all the talk from non-Aggies about there being a problem with Jimbo's salary or angst about last season. As long as we keep seeing improvement, we'll get where we need to be. Last year was tough to gauge when the only teams on your schedule with a winning record were the best in the country.
Wow, you're more than a bit out of touch with reality. To follow your point a tiny bit further, you'd think it's acceptable to body slam your wife into the ground and justify it by saying that "women are human and some women commit crimes".
Jackson has a motor, a 327 pounder chasing down ball carriers half his size. Can't wait to see him play the next few years.
First, putting up a graphic saying the Aggies signed the "best class in Texas" isn't necessarily trolling a particular school, it's just saying our recruiting has turned around and is now an asset. It's important to get that recognized as widely as possible. For those who don't understand the concept, it's called "marketing". Second, I don't get why people from other schools have such a problem with what the Aggies are paying Jimbo. It's really the market rate these days to lure a proven coach. Besides, you can make up a million a year or so pretty quickly if your coach generates a little buzz in the media, which Jimbo's definitely done. The recruiting bump helps, and I'm interested to see a better record toward the end of 2020.