Texas A&M No. 11 in first SEC power rankings

ESPN SEC blogger Edward Aschoff places Texas A&M at No. 11 in his initial SEC power rankings.

That's lower than No. 9 Missouri, who joined the Aggies this year in a move from the Big 12.

Here's what Aschoff writes about Texas A&M:

11. Texas A&M: The Aggies have a new coaching staff, have to replace some key starters from last year and will be working with a very green quarterback in redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel. The good news for him is that the offensive line is very strong, starting with tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. Helping Manziel will be senior receivers Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu and stud running back Christine Michael, who is coming back from an ACL injury. The defense is moving to a 4-3, but is stacked at linebacker. The secondary is dangerously young and thin.

The only teams ranked below Texas A&M are No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Kentucky and No. 14 Ole Miss. Find the full rankings here.

The Aggies open their season Thursday against Louisiana Tech. Here's Chris Low's take on that game from his SEC Week 1 preview:

Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech (in Shreveport, La.), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU: It's the kind of game no coach in the SEC would hand-pick as an opener. The Aggies don't have a whole lot to gain, but they have plenty to lose against their WAC foes. Plus, the game is being played in Louisiana Tech's back yard.