Monday, April 8, 2013

For Texas A&M, the only easy day in the SEC was yesterday.

Despite a remarkable first season in the SEC, Texas A&M still has a long way to go to establish itself as an elite program in the nation's preeminent college football conference. Even the Aggies' head football coach Kevin Sumlin admits to that reality.

"It's funny to me that people say we'll have a target on our backs," Sumlin said. "We finished third in the SEC West. Alabama has won three out of the last four national championships. We had a great experience at the Cotton Bowl, but we didn't play in a BCS bowl. How do we have a target on our backs? We're still playing catch-up."

Even with a relatively soft schedule in 2013, things won't come any easier for the Aggies. Even though Johnny Manziel and co. won't be facing any of the top teams in the SEC East (lucking out with only having to deal with Vanderbilt and Missouri as opposed to facing Georgia, Florida, or South Carolina), there's still the SEC west mine field of Alabama and LSU to deal with. And the Aggies have to face Alabama early in the season as well.

It also has a lot to do to build a program that going to continue to be a force in the inevitable post-Johnny Manziel era (which could come to an end as early as this season's conslusion).

(via ESPN)