Aggies a year away from greatness

Outlets continue to come out with their predictions for the 2022 college football season and College Football News sets the bar for the Aggies at 8.5 wins. In fact, Pete Fiutak has a take on the program that’s become pretty standard this off season …..

– A&M has all of the resources to become Alabama or Georgia

– A&M hasn’t exactly used those resources to its greatest advantage and has had just one season of less than four losses since Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy

– The 2022 recruiting class that was rated as the best in college football history in the 247 Sports Composite will make an impact right away but it’s still a year away from becoming the type of class that can elevate the program to that level

– The Aggies lost quite a bit up front on defense and the offense needs the quarterback play to produce more chunk plays in a league with some really good signal callers.

All of these items add up to the Aggies being a year away in Fiutak’s mind:

Give it one more year. The 2023 team should be all the fab freshmen from this year are ready to rise up and be amazing, but even so, the talent is there to push for ten wins, even if the schedule won’t help.

Nonetheless, the 2019 through 2021 recruiting classes should still help the program recover from the losses on defense. The Aggies might not enjoy the same type of production that they did from a pass rushing standpoint in 2021 but end Tunmise Adeleye and tackle Shemar Turner can line up at multiple positions across the front line and make an impact quicker than most people anticipate. They should mitigate the need for some of the freshmen to live up to expectation right away.

The quarterback situation probably isn’t as unsettled as people make it out to be either. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has quality players at the position who have either more experience or athleticism than what A&M enjoyed last season and should be capable of providing more productivity there, particularly if the protection and pass catching capabilities of the people around them are elevated as well.

Fiutiak thinks that the Aggies’ schedule is pretty onerous, particularly due to a stretch of Miami, Arkansas in Arlington, at Mississippi State, at Alabama, at South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Florida. However, the talent level at A&M isn’t what it was a few years ago and neither is that of its some of its opponents. The Aggies probably won’t be underdogs in any of those games save the one with the Tide (and maybe Mississippi State) and so it’s hard to project more than two losses in that stretch.

Overall, A&M is probably closer to being a ten win team than most people think and that should be the expectation going into 2022 unless injuries shred the team once more like they did in 2021.

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