Chris Stephens

Texas A&M Loss To LSU Would Make Season A Failure

Created on Nov. 21, 2013 9:34 PM EST

This was supposed to be the year for the Texas A&M Aggies.

They had already proven they could beat the best team in the country in Alabama and they had a Heisman Trophy winner returning. After an offseason full of controversy surrounding said Heisman winner, Texas A&M was ready for the 2013 season.

And after two blowout wins to open the season, the Aggies were ready for the visiting Tide—well, at least their offense was ready. The Aggies put up 42 points on the Tide, something that hadn't been done since 2007. But the defense gave up 49 points and lost the game for the Aggies.

Johnny Manziel has been great throughout the year for the Aggies, throwing for 3,313 yards and 31 touchdowns, while also rushing for 611 yards and eight touchdowns. However, the defense hasn't been up to snuff all year, giving up an average of 30.9 points, which ranks 88th in NCAA. Only Arkansas (31.4 ppg) and Tennessee (32.0) are allowing more in the conference.

A loss to LSU on Saturday will make the Aggies' season a complete failure.

Coming into the year, Texas A&M had BCS hopes. If not a national title, then at least a trip to a BCS bowl. While there's still an outside possibility of that happening with two losses, the chances will be gone if the Aggies lose to LSU (or Missouri next week for that matter).

Outside of winners from down conferences (Wisconsin in 2012, West Virginia and Clemson in 2011), only the 2007 Illinois team had more than two losses and still made it to a BCS bowl. 

Of the four at-large positions available, one will go to Fresno State or Northern Illinois if they both go undefeated. That means Clemson, Auburn and Michigan State, among others, will vie for the other three spots (assuming other teams in those conferences win out).

To remain in contention, Manziel and the Aggies have to beat the Tigers, a team they lost to last year, 24-19.

Without a BCS bowl, Johnny Football won't get a final opportunity to wow the nation in a big game. Sure, the bowl makers could put the Aggies in the Cotton Bowl again, but if Auburn doesn't make it into the BCS, that spot likely will go to the Tigers or the SEC East champ.

The defense has to step up for the Aggies if they're going to beat the Tigers. LSU has scored an average of 37.9 points per game and has feasted on many defenses this year. They put up 35 points in a win over Auburn and 41 in a loss to Georgia. If the Aggies aren't careful, LSU could have a field day with them.

A loss means Manziel will finish his college career on a secondary stage not fit for his big personality. ESPN and its advertisers are hoping the Aggies can pull out two wins. If not, some other network is going to benefit from Manziel's last college game.

While there is an old saying that failure is not an option, if the Aggies do lose, it is the only way to describe the 2013 season.

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