Texas A&M Remains a Mystery Heading Into 2014 Season
Alabama? It'll once again be competing for an SEC and national title. Auburn? Pretty much the same thing.
Georgia and South Carolina? Two teams capable of not only winning the SEC, but winning the national championship if all goes according to planned.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State? The two teams with the best chance to challenge Alabama or Auburn for the SEC West crown.
And so on, and so on.
But one team that no one can really seem to agree on is the Texas A&M Aggies. Considering how the 2014 season played out, and with the key departures that have taken place since a year ago, the Aggies are a hard team to figure out.
On offense, Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans are no longer there. Manziel's achievements speak for themselves, but some may have underestimated Evans' ability completely change the game at the wide receiver position.
Defensively, Texas A&M was downright horrible at times last season, so there still isn't a definitive answer as to how improved that side of the ball will be this upcoming season.
That's why until we see them on the field against SEC competition, the Aggies remain a complete mystery.
Kevin Sumlin has once again brought in an extremely talented recruiting class, but most would agree that there isn't a Manziel or Evans in that group.
Are there players that could make an impact right away? Absolutely. But there doesn't seem to be two players that will be able to come close to equal the type of production that those two superstars provided.
It won't take us long to find out how this Texas A&M team has progressed since the loss of those two players. The Aggies hit the road for the first game of the regular season to take on a South Carolina team that might be one of Steve Spurrier's best ever.
If A&M can be competitive in that game -- or even pull off the upset victory -- then the post-Manziel transition might be easier than we all thought it would be.
However, the more likely scenario will probably be that the Aggies are a team still in search of an identity without their former star leading the way.