Texas A&M should be a powerhouse

ESPN.com senior writer Ryan McGee pegged five programs who, on paper, should be one of college football's superpowers but aren't.

No. 1 on his list? Texas A&M.


Enrollment: 49,000

All-time record: 669-440-48

Last national championship: 1939

Last conference championship: 1998

Before you start banging on me over this pick, let me say that I've conducted an informal poll with my fellow media members over the last three months on this topic, and the Aggies were a near-unanimous pick. Tradition, history, facilities, rabid fans, a ridiculously deep recruiting pool all around them ... A&M has them all in spades. But since the Aggies' 1998 Big 12 title, they started a slow decline from which they have never recovered. (The firing of R.C. Slocum -- career record at A&M: 123-47-2 -- in 2002 is also often mentioned as a downward turning point in the program's history.) The Aggies haven't finished a season inside the AP Top 25 since their No. 23 ranking in '99. "It is one of the biggest mysteries in all of college football," Lee Corso said to me during a telephone conversation one year ago. "You stand there on a Friday night and watch the entire stadium packed for Midnight Yell practice and the 12th Man and all of that. And they're the second-biggest program in the state of Texas. How can they not transform that into success on the field?"

It's a good question, and one that if I knew the answer to, might land me a shot at being Texas A&M's next coach. But for now, I'll stick to blogging.