I grew up in Arkansas cheering for my beloved Razorbacks. Yes, I know sports isn’t a freethought subject. But if Ed Brayton can have his Michigan St. Spartans, then I get to keep my Razorbacks!
Yesterday #18 Arkansas faced off against #14 Texas A&M. The short story is that Arkansas won 42-38.
The long story is that next season Texas A&M is joining the Southeastern Conference, the most dominant conference in all of college football. The SEC has taken home the last six national titles and either Alabama or LSU looks to be in good shape to make it seven straight. The SEC is tough. We consistently have the best players, the best coaches, and the best facilities as far as football goes. The Aggies loss to the Hogs was a close game, which may convince some people that Texas A&M can hold their own in such a powerful conference. I say they won’t.
Despite a heroic performance by Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, Arkansas played its worst game of the year. Our defense is eviscerated by injuries and our offensive line looked like anthropomorphic swiss cheese, which allowed the Aggies to consistently beat the living shit out of Wilson. To compound all that, Arkansas had 14 penalties for 112 yards.
Conversely, A&M played probably their best game of the year. They looked sharp throughout. Their quarterback was on fire and their running game was a veritable juggernaut.
The game was close, but even playing their best game against Arkansas’ worst, A&M still lost to (if you trust the Top 25 poll) the SEC’s fifth best team. There’s a reason…
The Aggies fell to 0-7 against the SEC since 1995, encompassing their entire tenure in the Big 12.
Plainly put: the SEC is not where the Aggies want to be. They may be #14 playing against the Big 12, but prepare to watch Texas A&M become a punching bag when they switch conferences. Welcome to the SEC.