According to Tim Brando and Dennis Dodd, the worst thing Texas A&M—the SEC’s newest member—could have done is end up with Louisiana Tech in their season opener.
Tim Brando’s hometown devotion aside, I’ll still take Texas A&M over Louisiana Tech—even though I suspect the game will be close early.
My hesitation in jumping on the LaTech bandwagon resides in the fact that: 1) I’m not certain the fascination with the Bulldogs has as much to do with the players returning as it does with the fact that the WAC is now one of the weakest leagues in the country and 2) even with a new coach, a new system, and a new quarterback at the helm for Texas A&M, the Aggies still have a very potent group of guys on the offensive side of the ball—Guys like Ryan Swopes and Uzoma Nwachukwa; both of whom will make life easier for the newly named starter at quarterback—and enough potential on defense to be competitive this season. And it likely won’t hurt that Johnny Manziel (QB) will have an experienced offensive line to stand behind either.
While the Bulldogs bring back plenty of weapons on offense as well, I’m inclined to believe this game will ultimately come down to the defenses. And, if the Aggies can play even marginally more consistent than they did last season, they should have no trouble keeping the Bulldogs at bay and securing their first win of the season.