Texas A&M finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC. It also fired head coach Kevin Sumlin.
But it what very well may be the biggest coaching hire of the year, the Aggies lured Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State to College Station with a 10-year, $75 million contract.
Fisher inherits an Aggies team that finished seventh in the SEC Country Power Poll. The final poll, voted on by SEC Country writers and editors, placed Georgia in the top spot for the first time this season after the Bulldogs knocked off Auburn, 28-7, in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn was No. 2, followed by Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Interim coach Jeff Banks will coach the Aggies in their Belk Bowl matchup against Wake Forest on Dec. 29 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Sumlin was fired after Texas A&M lost its regular season finale, 45-21, to LSU. Fisher is coming off his worst season at FSU — the Seminoles are 6-6 and bowl eligible after beating Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday in a makeup game.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Georgia (13 - 2)||260||20||3||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||232||0||1||2||3|
|3||Alabama (13 - 1)||228||0||2||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||198||0||4||4||5|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||172||0||5||4||9|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||150||0||6||5||12|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||137||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||121||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||105||0||9||8||11|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||85||0||10||8||11|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||62||0||11||6||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||43||0||12||7||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||23||0||13||12||14|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||4||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)