For the second consecutive week, Texas A&M struggled.
This time, the Aggies beat Nicholls State, 24-14, on Saturday in College Station, Texas. While it might not have been the performance A&M fans were hoping for, it was a victory. In Week 1, the Aggies squandered a 34-point lead to UCLA in the second half and lost, 45-44.
Despite the win, the Aggies didn’t impress the 27 SEC Country voters. Texas A&M dropped two places in the Week 2 SEC Country Power Poll from 11th to 13th. They are ahead of Missouri, which lost at home to South Carolina on Saturday.
The Aggies and Nicholls State were tied, 14-14, in the second half before Kendall Bussey scored on a short touchdown run and A&M kicked a field goal for the final margin.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin put a positive spin after the victory Saturday.
“We weren’t perfect,” Sumlin said. “There were some things that happened in the game that were frustrating to players and coaches. Give Nicholls credit for that. It wasn’t just about execution. They were playing hard. We weren’t able to run it the way we wanted to as we did in the first part of the first quarter and they were able to run it on us. We did something we didn’t do a week ago, and that was finish the football game in a different style. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.”
The Aggies play Louisiana at home Saturday at noon ET. Then, Texas A&M plays six consecutive SEC games.
“In my eyes, a win is a win,” Aggies receiver Christian Kirk said. “Obviously, offensively we would have like to put more points on the board, but like I said, a win is a win. The biggest takeaway from this game is the fact that we finished.”
Your Week 2 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||LSU (9 - 4)||311||0||3||2||4|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||296||0||4||2||4|
|4||Auburn (10 - 4)||265||0||2||2||7|
|5||South Carolina (9 - 4)||238||0||5||2||7|
|6||Tennessee (4 - 8)||189||0||6||4||13|
|7||Florida (4 - 7)||184||0||8||4||13|
|8||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||157||0||9||5||13|
|9||Arkansas (4 - 8)||123||0||7||3||13|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||93||0||10||7||14|
|11||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||90||0||13||6||13|
|12||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||77||0||12||7||14|
|13||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||59||0||11||8||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||24||0||14||9||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)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)