At the start of the season, Kyle Allen looked like he would be the answer for Texas A&M.

The sophomore QB had 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his first five starts. He threw for more than 300 yards against No. 24 Mississippi State and SEC rival Arkansas.

But now, with four games left in the regular season, it appears Allen’s time as the Aggies starter has come and gone. At least for now.

So what exactly happened to Allen?

The Texas A&M QB change boiled down to two main factors. The first was Allen’s obvious struggles in the losses to No. 7 Alabama and No. 19 Ole Miss. In the Alabama game, he completed only 50 percent of his passes with just one TD. He also threw three interceptions returned for touchdowns.

OK, so one bad performance can’t derail a starter’s season, can it? Not typically. But two consecutive ugly starts can.

In the Ole Miss game, Allen completed just 35.3 of his passes and posted a 51.2 QB rating, by far his lowest of the year.

The second reason for Allen’s benching? There was a viable option behind him.

Kyler Murray, is a 5-star recruit with a ton of potential. He showed that last week in the Aggies 35-28 win over USC.

Right now, Allen’s future in College Station remains uncertain. But he remains hopeful, posting this to twitter before the USC game.

Allen can recover, but it may not be with the Aggies. He showed enough to gain interest from other schools if Texas A&M decides to continue with Murray.

Kenny Hill, who threw for 511 yards and four TDs in the Aggies’ opener in 2014 against South Carolina but was eventually replaced by Allen, transferred to Texas Christian and is the likely heir apparent to Trevone Boykin.