This is a crucial season for Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, whose teams have gone 8-5 in each of the last three seasons. This last one may have been the most frustrating, as the Aggies started the season 6-0 before a Trevor Knight injury led to a 2-5 finish. The Aggies lost their last two games of the season to LSU and Kansas State.
In 2017, the Aggies will have to replace Knight, but there isn’t an apparent answer at quarterback. Jake Hubenak has starting experience, but Texas A&M struggled when he started last year. Kellen Mond was a 4-star recruit and one of the top dual-threats in the country, but he is just a freshman. The Aggies also have to replace DE Myles Garrett, who is likely to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Aggies open the 2017 season against a UCLA team that went 4-8 last season, but also brings back Josh Rosen. It would greatly help Sumlin to win that game, considering his score in SEC Country‘s first approval rating poll last month was 59.5 percent. Only Auburn’s Gus Malzahn had a lower approval rating.
Sumlin reportedly earned about $5 million in 2016. His overall record at Texas A&M is 44-21.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.