Bowl analysis: Texas A&M
This is part of a daily series this week on each SEC team’s bowl possibilities and likely destination in prep for Sunday’s College Football Bowl Selection Show.
Texas A&M was one of several SEC teams to suffer a late-season swoon this fall, climbing to No. 6 in the country after a 5-0 start only to lose five of its final seven games against quality competition.
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Quarterback Kenny Hill had early Heisman buzz after a terrific September before losing his starting job to Kyle Allen. The Aggies, picked to finish toward the bottom of the West after losing prolific quarterback Johnny Manziel, fired their defensive coordinator Mark Snyder after last week’s Thanksgiving Night loss to LSU.
During last season’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Aggies erased a 21-point halftime deficit to upend Duke, 52-28. Texas A&M’s trying to win at least eight games for the third straight season under coach Kevin Sumlin.
“We treat it as the start of the next season,” Sumlin said. “We practice our younger guys a lot and our seniors really leave their legacy of what they can do. The seniors have a chance to be the first A&M group to play in and win four straight bowl games.”
Recent Texas A&M bowl history
- 2009 Independence Bowl: vs. Georgia, 44-20, Loss
- 2010 Cotton Bowl: vs. LSU, 41-24, Loss
- 2011 Car Care Bowl: vs. Northwestern, 33-22, Win
- 2012 Cotton Bowl: vs. Oklahoma, 41-13, Win
- 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl: vs. Duke, 52-48, Win
Possible bowl destinations
All signs are pointing toward the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl in Houston, though the SEC will reportedly try and avoid a possible rivalry tilt with Texas (6-6). Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle however says that Texas Bowl officials would love the dream matchup. West Virginia is another mid-level Big XII finisher could get the invite.
Outside of Texas, the Aggies could land in Charlotte against an ACC team — but not Duke. Bowl pairings will be announced on Sunday.