To know where you are in the present, sometimes you have to look into your past.
For some, that can be a fun, healthy endeavor. For others, well, not so much.
Still, we're paying homage to the past and how it's affected the present in the SEC this week by taking a look at where each program was 10 years ago and where it currently stands. Some programs have made big leaps, some have steadied the course, and others, well, they’re yearning for the days of old.
We continue the series now with Texas A&M:
2006 record: 9-4 (5-3 Big 12)
2006 coach: Dennis Franchione
Notable: The Aggies opened the season 8-1, the only loss a home defeat at the hands of Texas Tech (Graham Harrell threw a last-minute touchdown pass to Robert Johnson for a 31-27 win). The Aggies won four in a row after that before losing back-to-back one-point games to Oklahoma and Nebraska, both of which were decided in the final minutes. They closed out the regular season with a 12-7 win over rival Texas to put them at an impressive 9-3, with the three losses coming by a combined six points. The season ended with a thud in the Holiday Bowl, when the Aggies were dominated 45-10 by a Cal team that had future NFLers Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett. Quarterback Stephen McGee had an impressive 12/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio for the season along with 666 rushing yards and a touchdown, complementing the rushing attack led by Mike Goodson (847 yards, four touchdowns) and Jorvorskie Lane (725 yards, 19 touchdowns).
Trending: The 2006 season was the Aggies’ best under Franchione; generally the program was inconsistent under his watch. They won four games in 2003, seven in 2004, five in 2005, nine in 2006 and seven in 2007. So while the success of the 2006 season might have given off the impression of the Aggies finally trending upward, that didn’t turn out to be the case.
What’s happened since: The Aggies rode out one more year under Franchione before he was replaced by Mike Sherman. In four seasons, Sherman went 25-25 which led to his firing, making way for Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies moved from the Big 12 to the SEC in summer 2012 and had a smashing debut, going 11-2. Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy that season. The second SEC campaign wasn’t quite that good but still a respectable 9-4 overall, but since Manziel left campus following that season, the Aggies saw a pair of 5-0 starts in 2014 and 2015 dissolve into 8-5 seasons and the 2015 season ended with off-the-field drama as the team’s two best quarterbacks – Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray – transferred within a week’s span in December. This season is a big one for Sumlin and his staff.