Nothing gets the hype train going like ending the season on a high note.
In the first season of the Jimbo Fisher era, Texas A&M ended 2018 with a four-game winning streak, including the seven-overtime thriller over LSU and a Gator Bowl thumping of NC State.
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports says the Aggies will be the most hyped team (outside of perennial contenders like Alabama and Clemson) heading into the 2019 season:
“Yessir, the Aggies are going to receive plenty of hype,” Fornelli writes. “They caught quite a bit last offseason as well when they hired Jimbo Fisher, but most of it was excitement and interest in the coaching change.
“Not many people thought Jimbo would show up in College Station and mold Texas A&M into an SEC West contender from the jump. Year Two will see higher expectations, though.”
Fisher isn’t the only SEC coach who will experience Year 2 hype. Fornelli notes Dan Mullen has Florida ahead of schedule and lists the Gators at No. 5.
There’s a part of me that wonders if Mullen won too quickly in Gainesville, as fans likely would have been happy with an 8-4 regular season and a good bowl game. When you win 10 games, it tends to raise expectations, and that may not be a good thing for a team that will lose a few key players to the NFL.
A team with one of the SEC’s more veteran coaches, Auburn, gets an honorable mention.
More thoughts from Fornelli’s five hype leaders can be found in the full article here.