Lose a game, lose a coach.
That’s what happened to Texas A&M over the weekend. On Saturday night, the Aggies lost to LSU, 45-21, to fall to 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. On Sunday, Kevin Sumlin was fired as head coach after six seasons.
“Our expectations at A&M are very high,” athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. “We believe that we should compete for SEC championships on an annual basis and, at times, national championships. I believe that we need a new coach to take us there. On behalf of Aggies everywhere, my thanks to Kevin and his family for his service to Texas A&M. I wish him the very best.”
Texas A&M ends the regular season ranked No. 7 in the SEC Country Power Poll — the same spot it was a week ago — wedged between No. 6 South Carolina and surging No. 8 Missouri.
The game against LSU wasn’t pretty for Sumlin and the Aggies. They fell behind 20-0 but twice fought back to within 6 points. But the Tigers scored the final 18 points of the game. Texas A&M turned the ball over 4 times and gained just 276 total yards (55 on the ground). Meanwhile, LSU had 587 yards — quarterback Danny Etling threw for 347 and 3 TDs — and did not turn the ball over in the game.
Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams both topped 100 yards for LSU and scored touchdowns. Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel threw for 227 yards and 2 TDs but also was picked off 3 times.
On Sunday, players and recruits showed support for Sumlin and what he meant to them.
Your Week 13 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Auburn (10 - 4)||286||22||2||1||1|
|2||Alabama (13 - 1)||256||0||1||2||3|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||250||0||3||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||220||0||5||4||4|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||187||0||4||5||8|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||162||0||6||5||10|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||133||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||107||0||9||6||12|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||103||0||11||6||13|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||63||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||47||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||36||0||14||11||13|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||1||0||13||13||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)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)