2017 Alabama football opponents from worst to best: The Aggies from Texas

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Army Corp of Cadets enter Kyle Field for the game between the Texas A
COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Army Corp of Cadets enter Kyle Field for the game between the Texas A /

Each Monday leading up to the 2017 Alabama football season we focus on a Tide opponent from the projected worst team to the best. No. 4 is Texas A&M

The rundown of the 2017 Alabama football season started with this report on the Mercer Bears. Then we covered Fresno State, Colorado StateVanderbiltMississippi State, Tennessee, Arkansas and last week, Ole Miss.

2017 Alabama Football Opponents from Worst to Best

No. 12 – Mercer Bears

No. 11 – Fresno State Bulldogs

No. 10 – Colorado State Rams

No. 9 – Vanderbilt Commodores

No. 8 – Mississippi State Bulldogs

No. 7 – Tennessee Volunteers

No. 6 – Arkansas Razorbacks

No. 5 – Ole Miss Rebels/Black Bears

No. 4 – Texas A&M- October 7, College Station, TX

The definition of ‘worst’ or ‘best’ is viewed based on ‘when’ the opponent takes on Alabama football. Texas A&M in 2017 is, as it has been, an enigma. The Aggies could win anywhere from five to ten games in 2017. Four losses in the first seven games and Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin will be unemployed in mid-October.

We are compelled to acknowledge a fondness for Texas A&M. It is an appreciation that goes back to shared bonds with Paul Bryant and Gene Stallings. It is fondness strong enough to overcome our distaste for Johnny Manziel and The Weasel.

We hope Kevin Sumlin makes it at A&M, as long as it does not require an Alabama football loss to achieve it.

Texas A&M Strengths

The Aggie defense will be deeper and more experienced despite the loss of Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall. The defensive line will be one of the best in the SEC. John Chavis has not forgotten how to coach football. We expect the A&M defense to be improved in 2017.

The Aggies have a great offensive threat in Christian Kirk and receiver Jhamon Ausbon is a future star.

The other strength for Sumlin’s team could be its beleaguered coach. If the Aggies can take down UCLA the opening weekend and hold serve at home against Arkansas and South Carolina, the Alabama game could save Sumlin.

A 5-0 A&M team with a ‘backs-against-the-wall’ mentality, playing at home? Maybe that does not translate into an Aggie upset but it could become a tough contest.

Texas A&M Weaknesses

At this point, the Aggies do not have a quarterback. Whether the starter is Kellen Mond or Nick Starkel or even to the surprise of most Aggie fans, Jake Hubanak, A&M needs to rally behind someone soon. Not having a clear starter in August is a recipe for September and early October losses.

Until Chavis proves otherwise, the defense remains suspect. A more explosive Alabama football offense may overpower an improved Aggie defense.

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Here is a tip for Alabama fans that make the trip to College Station. Don’t miss the halftime show of the Aggie band. Risking heresy, we must say they are the best in the SEC.