Wrong answer, Aggies

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.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17103977 claytonflesher

    As a lifelong Oklahoman, all I have to say is good riddance. You guys can have that joke of a team. The SEC is weaker for it.

  • ccaldwell314

    Take them. I hate the Aggies more than I hate Tony Romo right now.

  • ccaldwell314

    Oh, and might I also add that it’s nice to know I’m not the only atheist who loves football? The two seem to have very few intersecting fan bases, which is frustrating.

  • mkb

    Woooo Pig Sooooie!

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    People actually pay attention to minor league football? As Spock would say: “Interesting.”

  • captain corndog

    my football and basketball world is so much better what with atheism and all.there was a time when i wouldn’t shift positions on a chair, thinking that moving would upset my team’s momentum. or being sure that a fat fly buzzing around in the living room meant a certain loss. now i can cut my toenails, sweep the floor, or do anything i want during a game, free from superstition.
    the teams i grew up hating, because of geography, i now enjoy rooting for (especially now that arizona state has such bad ass new uniforms).
    i’ll still root for blue states against red states, or against any team from texas. but that’s political.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Abstruse.Oddity fredricmartin

    Sooooo, the Arkansas QB and his primary WR have (statistically) the best games in the history of the school and they beat A&M by 4 points.

    And from this you gather that they don’t belong?

  • Frances Macomber

    Way to go conference homer. That was a beautiful example of why the SEC’s superiority is a media driven myth. On a good year the conference has two top notch teams, this I do not deny. (I think Wisconsin is better than both, but we’ll see…maybe, dependent upon media perception.) However, what I find disgusting is the rampant oversigning in the top tier SEC teams. Saban does it, Miles does it, it’s a fact. If you sign more athletes than you can fit on your roster and then cherry pick who you want to keep, that is not dominance, it’s unethical. Destroy the future of players who are essentially children…THAT EQUALS GREATNESS!

    Hell, even Ohio State and Miami are too upstanding to throw a kid (which is what college athletes are) under the bus for AD gain. (The Sugar Bowl win was vacated, does not count) Hell, look at their records. What was gained?

  • ralphwiggam

    The Aggies had shirts that said “It sucks to BU” referring to Baylor’s objection to the departure. But the Baylor people relented saying “If you can’t win in this conference, you might as well go where they pay the most for losers.” Buh bye Aggies