The 2023 college football season has officially kicked off with Week Zero offering some intriguing matchups. However, let’s face it, the real excitement is set to begin next weekend in Week One. The highlight of Week One is Texas A&M’s season opener against New Mexico at the jam-packed Kyle Field, marking the start of Jimbo Fisher’s redemption journey.
College football fans are eagerly welcoming back the ever-entertaining College GameDay on ESPN. Heisman Winner Desmond Howard, known for his charisma, has made quite the bold prediction. He’s forecasting a remarkable turnaround for the Aggies, envisioning their path to the 2022 College Football Playoffs. It’s worth noting that the Aggies had a disappointing 5-7 record (2-6 in the SEC) last season, leading to a barrage of offseason ridicule and recycled jokes.
Nonetheless, the 2023 roster under Jimbo Fisher’s leadership is brimming with talent and experience. Many players from the heralded 2022 recruiting class gained invaluable experience last season due to extensive playing time necessitated by injuries and inconsistent performance.
Desmond Howard’s 2023 College Football Playoff picks include perennial powerhouses like Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, and Texas (apologies to the Longhorns). However, he’s making a surprise pick by including Texas A&M this time, and there’s a compelling rationale behind it.
Analyzing the Aggies’ potential success, they boast an impressive 19 returning starters, leading the SEC in this regard. Key veterans like Ainias Smith (WR), Demani Richardson (S), McKinnley Jackson (DT), and Layden Robinson (RG) are back to guide a relatively youthful roster. The quarterback battle between sophomore Conner Weigman and the seasoned Max Johnson promises to provide answers in the coming week.
Additionally, the arrival of new Offensive Coordinator Bobby Petrino could have a significant impact on Texas A&M’s revamped offense. The receiving corps is stacked with talent, featuring standouts like Evan Stewart, Moose Muhammad III, Spring MVP Noah Thomas, and the versatile Ainias Smith.
Desmond Howard deserves credit for sticking to his intuition for consecutive seasons. Still, if you’re a Longhorns fan, you might want to be cautious about the burgeoning hype surrounding the Aggies.
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