Here’s an interesting “sleeper” pick to be an SEC title contender in 2017.
Pete Fiutak of College Football News published a post in which he named sleeper conference title contenders for the upcoming season. The SEC selection? Texas A&M.
Check out part of his reasoning below.
This year’s team has the athleticism and upside to make up for the losses on the defensive line and wide receiver, and there’s still enough explosion to hang around with just about everyone.
Texas A&M is going to be good enough to win the West — but it’s been good enough to win the West for a while, and it hasn’t happened.
The schedule works out, though, with Alabama and Auburn coming to College Station, and with the dangerous road games at Ole Miss and LSU coming at the end. By late November, if those two games matter for A&M in any way for the SEC West title, things will be going well.
That’s a fascinating pick, and it will be fun to see if Kevin Sumlin’s team will live up to Fiutak’s vision.
Of course, there has been quite a bit of hot-seat talk with Sumlin featured in those discussions throughout the offseason. For good reason, too. Texas A&M finished 8-5 in each of the past three campaigns, so more will be expected of the Aggies this fall. Likely, another disappointing season won’t be tolerated.
Can Texas A&M win the SEC West? It’s possible, but it seems unlikely. Alabama should be the favorite to claim the division again. But teams such as Auburn and LSU figure to provide significant tests for the Aggies as well.
For now, Texas A&M fans can dream.