Russell Hansbrough run for 9 yds to the TexAM 47 for a 1ST down

1Q TA&M J. Lambo 40 yd FG GOOD

November, 15, 2014


Josh Lambo 40 yd FG GOOD

Andrew Baggett kickoff for 60 yds , Speedy Noil return for 70 yds to the Misso 25

Andrew Baggett 38 yd FG GOOD

TEXAS A&M Penalty, Defensive Pass Interference (Deshazor Everett) to the TexAM 34 for a 1ST down

Marcus Murphy run for 10 yds to the 50 yard line for a 1ST down

Maty Mauk pass complete to Bud Sasser for 11 yds to the Misso 30 for a 1ST down

Kyle Allen pass complete to Edward Pope for 4 yds to the TexAM 41 for a 1ST down

Tim Tebow's Freak of the Week is Texas A&M freshman DL Myles Garrett.

Kevin Sumlin visits SEC Nation

November, 15, 2014


Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin stopped by the SEC Nation set before the Aggies' game against Mizzou.

SEC Nation looked at the Aggies' 12th Man tradition and carrying on the spirit of E. King Gill.

Paul Finebaum sits down with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin to discuss the Aggies season.
In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Luke Joeckel, No. 83 in 2010 class

Joeckel was an interesting recruitment in the 2010 class due to his twin brother, Matt Joeckel, and the brothers desire to play together in college. That left Texas Tech as the early favorite due to the Red Raiders having extended an offer to Matt, and the fact that their father, Dave Joeckel, played at Texas Tech. On Feb. 26, 2009, the recruitment of the Joeckels changed when then-Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman offered Matt, which led to the duo committing the first week of April. Luke Joeckel was a member of a Texas A&M 2010 class that included Jake Matthews, Damontre Moore (third-round NFL draft pick in 2013), Cedric Ogbuehi and Malcome Kennedy.

Joeckel hit the field running for the Aggies as a true freshman due in part to enrolling in January 2010 and going through spring practice. He started all 13 games at left tackle, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.

He followed his eye-opening freshman campaign with a first-team All-Big 12 season as a sophomore, starting every game at left tackle.

Joeckel's junior season at Texas A&M would prove to be his best, and consequently his last, in College Station. After again starting every game at left tackle, Joeckel was selected first-team All-SEC and was a unanimous All-American and winner of the 2012 Outland Trophy.

Joeckel was chosen with the second overall pick in the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he has played both right and left tackle.

Honorable mention: Dwayne Allen, No. 83 in 2008. Allen's recruitment was a hard-fought battle coming out of Fayetteville, N.C., between Clemson, Georgia and Florida State. Georgia appeared to win the battle before Allen inked a letter of intent with Clemson on national signing day of 2008. After redshirting his first year at Clemson, Allen became a fixture for the Tigers, playing in 14 games as a redshirt freshman, earning second-team All-ACC in his third season and taking home the John Mackey Award his final season. Allen was selected in the third round (No. 64 overall) of the 2012 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
The College Football Playoff committee has delivered one message loud and clear through the first three weeks of its rankings: strength of schedule matters. Teams like Baylor are not being rewarded for racking up big wins against a weak nonconference slate. Will that affect how SEC teams schedule in the future? With that in mind, let's take a look at how the 2015 nonconference schedules are looking for teams that figure to be contenders for a playoff spot next year:

Alabama Crimson Tide
2015 nonconference opponents: Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana-Monroe, Charleston Southern

Alabama follows its traditional nonconference scheduling pattern in 2015: a big-name Power 5 opener at a neutral site -- this time Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas -- and three gimmes against small-school teams that will not mount much of a challenge. It's not the most challenging schedule, but combined with what should be another difficult SEC West slate, it's hard to envision the selection committee penalizing Alabama for its schedule.

Auburn Tigers
2015 nonconference opponents: Louisville, Jacksonville State, San Jose State, Idaho

Much like cross-state rival Alabama, the Tigers will challenge themselves right out of the gate with a Power 5 opener at a neutral site (Louisville in Atlanta). The rest of the nonconference schedule seems extremely winnable. As with Alabama, the Tigers will face an FCS opponent (Jacksonville State). One game that might help Auburn's strength of schedule is San Jose State, which has been mediocre this season, but occasionally ranks among the better Group of 5 programs. There's no road trip similar to this year's Kansas State game on the 2015 schedule to ramp up Auburn's schedule strength, but this is not bad.

Florida Gators
2015 nonconference opponents: New Mexico State, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida State

Any nonconference schedule that includes Florida State can't be criticized too heavily. Considering how FSU hasn't lost since losing to the Gators in November 2012, that game will certainly buoy Florida's 2015 schedule. Beware of East Carolina, however. The Pirates are on the verge of playing in their fourth consecutive bowl game and will be capable of giving the Gators a challenging game. Their presence on the schedule could help with the selection committee should Florida take care of business in the SEC East -- particularly since the Gators also host Ole Miss and visit LSU next season.

Georgia Bulldogs
2015 nonconference opponents: Louisiana-Monroe, Southern, Georgia Southern, at Georgia Tech

The first three games -- Louisiana-Monroe, FCS Southern and FBS newcomer Georgia Southern -- are nothing special. Georgia Southern has given some FBS teams fits through the years with its option running game and even defeated a downtrodden Florida team last season, but the Eagles' presence on the schedule will not sway the selection committee much. We never know what to expect from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are 8-2 this season but have typically hovered around .500 by the time the UGA game arrived in recent years. Georgia's nonconference schedule won't help much, but non-division games against Auburn and Alabama should.

LSU Tigers
2015 nonconference opponents: McNeese State, at Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, Western Kentucky

This isn't the weakest nonconference slate among the SEC's likely playoff contenders, but it's not going to help the Tigers' playoff chances much. Facing FCS McNeese State, a relatively new FBS program in Western Kentucky and MAC cellar dweller Eastern Michigan won't impress anyone on the selection committee. A trip to Syracuse is somewhat ambitious, although the Orange will need to be better than the .500 club they usually are for that game to compel committee members. In addition to its SEC West slate, LSU will visit South Carolina and host Florida, which could help its cause.

Mississippi State Bulldogs
2015 nonconference opponents: at Southern Miss, Northwestern State, Troy, Louisiana Tech

The Bulldogs will have to hope they clean up in the SEC West again next season because this nonconference schedule is not going to help their cause. Then again, their nonconference schedule this season (USM, UAB, South Alabama and Tennessee-Martin) is a joke and the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1. It’s hard to argue against a team that is undefeated in the SEC West, so they get the benefit of the doubt for now. But if State is on the bubble for a No. 4 spot in this season or next, its nonconference schedule will hurt its case.

Missouri Tigers
2015 nonconference opponents: Southeast Missouri State, at Arkansas State, UConn, BYU

On Thursday, Missouri announced it would play BYU at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium next season, which beefs up the Tigers' otherwise unimpressive slate. Since joining the SEC in 2012, the Tigers have played only one team that could be described as a big-name nonconference opponent (Arizona State in 2012). Otherwise, they tend to stick to mediocre Power 5 programs (such as Indiana, which beat Missouri this season) and home-and-home series with Group of 5 teams such as Toledo, UConn and Arkansas State. Although that philosophy won't wow the selection committee, it's producing lots of wins for Missouri.

Ole Miss Rebels
2015 nonconference opponents: Tennessee-Martin, Fresno State, New Mexico State, at Memphis

In-state rivals seem to share scheduling philosophies, don't they? As with Auburn and Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are playing highly similar nonconference slates in 2015. There is a road game against a regional rival (Ole Miss at Memphis, Mississippi State at Southern Miss), an FCS opponent (UT-Martin for Ole Miss, Northwestern State for MSU) and then a couple of middling Group of 5 programs. Fresno State might help Ole Miss' cause a bit. The Bulldogs have been a better-than-average program in the recent past, although they have not been particularly good this season.

Texas A&M Aggies
2015 nonconference opponents: Arizona State, Ball State, Nevada, Western Carolina

It will be interesting to see how the selection committee views Texas A&M's schedule should the Aggies be in contention for a playoff spot. They open with a neutral-site game against Arizona State in Houston, and that game should boost A&M's strength of schedule. However, the Aggies play outside the state of Texas only once between the opener and their Nov. 21 trip to Vanderbilt, when they visit Ole Miss on Oct. 24. Will they face criticism for not challenging themselves more away from Texas? Possibly, but there are still some difficult games on the schedule.

SEC morning links

November, 14, 2014
In a piece posted Thursday on Grantland, writer Matt Hinton asked the question that all SEC fans are asking entering Saturday’s games: "Is Mississippi State really the best team, or just another victim for the Alabama Death Star?"

This is put-up-or-shut-up time for the unbeaten Bulldogs, who earned their No. 1 ranking by beating three straight top-10 teams this season. Winning at Alabama, where it has won twice since 1957, is a different animal entirely for a program with a history filled with long periods of mediocrity -- and worse.

This is where the Bulldogs can truly prove they belong among the sport’s heavyweights, much like Cam Newton and the 2010 Auburn team did when it won in Tuscaloosa en route to the BCS championship. In fact, there are several similarities between 2014 Mississippi State and 2010 Auburn, as identified by’s Kevin Scarbinsky on Thursday.

Nick Saban’s Alabama teams have made a habit of winning games like this, especially at home, which might be why the MSU program turned to a superhero to provide the theme for its pregame hype video. In the video, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman character says, "I’m not afraid, I’m angry."

The Bulldogs probably need to summon all the anger inside of them to make it through this weekend unbeaten. Never mind beating LSU in Tiger Stadium or outlasting Auburn in Starkville, this is the biggest test of their season, and most college football prognosticators expect them to fail.

They will either prove them right or they’ll prove that they’re legit, just like Newton and Auburn did in 2010.

Around the SEC

The last time Missouri and BYU met -- as they will next November according to a scheduling arrangement announced Thursday -- was when BYU quarterback Steve Young led the Cougars past Mizzou in the 1983 Holiday Bowl.

The Tennessean’s Matt Slovin asks if Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs can lead the Vols (4-5) to a bowl game. They might need a win against Kentucky on Saturday to keep their hopes alive.

Texas A&M receivers Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones returned to form in last week’s upset win at Auburn.

His Florida State team edged Auburn 34-31 in last season’s BCS championship game despite Auburn gaining 449 yards of total offense. Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt gets another shot at the Tigers on Saturday.

Former LSU football and baseball player and MLB all-star Alvin Dark died Thursday at age 92.

The State’s "Big Game Graphic" reminds us that Florida was averaging 255 yards per game and 17.5 points per game before Treon Harris became the Gators’ starting quarterback, and 437 yards and 36 points in the two games since he entered the starting lineup.

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