The Texas A&M Aggies took a beating on Saturday at the hands of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 31-48 fashion. In all honesty, it was the first real team the Aggies had played all season (cue the "what about SC" card and , seriously, spare me).
Going forward, A&M will face #4 Ole Miss who just upset Alabama, #7 Alabama, and #2 Auburn, with two of the three on the road. I see the Aggies losing all three of these games, and here's why:
#4 Ole Miss Here's a team coming off a huge win against Alabama. The Rebels rallied back from a seven point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the game 23-17. This tells me two things. One, playing a big game against a powerhouse like Alabama doesn't shake Ole Miss up and, two, they aren't going away if they get down early. I can see the Rebels taking it to Kyle field this Saturday and hand A&M its second loss of the season. If the Aggies can get a few big plays and the defense can find a way to step up, A&M could sneak out a win but seeing the defense thus far, it doesn't look promising.
#7 Alabama While the Crimson Tide hasn't looked particularly stellar this season, I'm taking them over the Aggies on reputation alone. How many times have we seen a Nick Saban team lose twice in the regular season? I still think Alabama wins out and represents the SEC in the Final Four. A&M will get gashed by the Tide's run game and T.J. Yeldon will rack up over 150 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Again, A&M's big play ability always gives them a shot but that's rolling the dice against a disciplined Bama defense in Tuscaloosa. No Johnny Football to bail them out this time around.
#2 Auburn Nick Marshall has shown last year's loss to Florida State in the BCS Championship isn't going to shake his confidence. Seeing as this game is at Auburn, it could get nasty. By them time the Aggies get here, they'll be 6-3 and seeing their season's high hopes be drowned by three devestating losses could very well send them into an off season mind set. Of course, Auburn is playing Ole Miss the week before so if they drop that game, A&M could find a way to sneak a win. I just don't see it happening.
This is the SEC and no one really knows what will unfold. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the Aggies finish the season 8-4 and playing in something like the "Meineke Car Care Bowl." Don'y hate me Aggie fans, I'm just being realistic.