After managing to hand Tennessee its first loss of the season in an overtime thriller at Kyle Field on Saturday, the 6-0 Texas A&M Aggies are riding high entering their pre-Alabama game bye week.
Picked to finish fourth in the SEC West by members of the media in July, the Aggies now find themselves poised to earn a much, much better fate. And that’s something players probably haven’t forgotten, even three months after the fact.
Such as former walk-on linebacker and special teams stud Cullen Gillaspia, this year’s 12th man.
“Where are we ranked now — No. 6, I think,” Gillaspia told Brian Perroni of GigEm247. “That’s not something we see as a team. From the beginning of the season, people called us ‘soft’ and nobody believed in us. Now that we’ve won a few games, people want to come back and kind of jump on the bandwagon.”
Most bowl projections currently have Texas A&M squaring off with Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. But starting with its Week 8 matchup with the mighty Crimson Tide, Kevin Sumlin’s squad has a clear shot at making the College Football Playoff.