by Travis Normand
Final spring I wrote that Arkansas was the most crucial game on Texas A&M’s 2018 routine. Fortunately for the Aggies, they were equipped to defeat Arkansas 24-17, in what ended up getting a critical bounce-back video game for A&M, one particular 7 days just after they dropped to Alabama (and put A&M’s 2018 overall document at 3-2 alternatively of 2-3).
While Texas A&M’s 2019 routine attributes some enormous match-ups from Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and LSU it also functions Arkansas yet again (as it does each individual yr, as the two educational facilities are equally SEC West Division foes).
For a great deal of the exact same explanations as previous 12 months, Arkansas is an significant match all over again in 2019 for the Aggies. A much better way to explain it could be to simply call it a critical “swing activity.” Just after all, Arkansas is rebuilding and experienced a “down” year in 2018. Further more, with all the big match-ups A&M has scheduled in 2019, the Aggies really do not have any home to drop a activity towards a program that they must have prolonged-given that surpassed.
Even further, like final 12 months, Arkansas’ mentor is an Aggie and their defensive coordinator is John Chavis. Although I imagine A&M upgraded at the defensive coordinator situation by employing Mike Elko, Chavis is a fantastic coordinator and you don’t want the male you tossed out beating your “upgrade.”
Ultimately, right before the 2018 period commenced, I felt like all of this was vital and Arkansas was a match that A&M should gain. Immediately after the activity was played and A&M had received, I felt like these issues experienced been place to mattress and have been anything that did not want to be talked over once more. Having said that, as you are most likely informed, A&M’s back again-up quarterback, Nick Starkel, made a decision to transfer to Arkansas a several months back again and he ought to be their starter when A&M faces them in 2019. In other terms, Starkel has introduced the Arkansas sport again to the forefront in 2019. Not only does A&M want to gain all the online games it can (specially with Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia on the program), but we are heading to find out if Chad Morris and Nick Starkel can retain tempo with Jimbo Fisher and Kellen Mond.
So, even though I am certain that Aggies everywhere will be circling video games towards Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and LSU on their 2019 schedules I would urge them to at the very least underline the Arkansas sport.