The Texas A&M Aggies had their highest expectations in recent memory coming into last season, starting the year with a universal top-10 ranking.
However, the Aggies struggled with a 3-2 record out of the gate and dropped two of their last three games (Ole Miss and LSU) as well.
There were also some bright moments, with big wins over Alabama and Auburn helping to propel Texas A&M up the AP rankings and give the team a shot at College Football Playoff contention.
Now, despite massive turnover at critical positions, including stars DeMarvin Leal, Kenyon Green, Isaiah Spiller, Zach Calzada and Jalen Wydermyer leaving the program, the Aggies will once again carry big-time expectations into 2022.
The confidence is well warranted as well, with returning talents such as Haynes King, Ainias Smith and Devon Achane on offense, and Demani Richardson, McKinnley Jackson, Shemar Turner and Jaylon Jones on defense.
Not to mention an influx of talented freshmen from arguably one of the best classes in the modern recruiting era coming to College Station.
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As such, Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde gave the Aggies a high mark in his way-too-early top-25 rankings for the 2022 season on Tuesday, with Jimbo Fisher's program once again breaking into the top 10.
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With Haynes King returning and Max Johnson arriving from LSU, the quarterback position should be in better hands. Most of the rest of the lineup is in good shape, thanks to several years of Jimbo Fisher’s recruiting. How quickly will the nation’s No. 1 freshman class make an impact? The non-conference schedule is manageable, with Miami coming to College Station.
The Aggies came in behind a top five of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Utah.
Three other SEC teams also made the list: Arkansas at No. 14, Tennessee at No. 16 and Kentucky at No. 21.
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