What we learned yesterday
We need days like yesterday to remind us all of what college football really is- A game played by young men, most of whom have Zero chance of playing in the NFL and are on the field because they love the game. It's a game which is often emotional and rarely, if ever, predictable.
When we hear people start tossing around terms like 'dynasty' and 'unbeatable' we need to view it as the garbage it is. Those terms just don't apply to College Football- Never have and never will.
We've all heard a lot about how great the SEC defenses are, and there is some truth to that. However, when you don't have to face great offenses week in and week out, it's pretty easy to look great defensively.
Don't misinterpret what I'm saying- The SEC is a great league, that goes without saying. But, so are some of the other conferences, and if we take anything away from Texas A&M's performance it's first year in the SEC, it should be that the better teams from other conferences could, most assuredly, be competitive in the SEC
I do agree that Texas A&M is a different team than the one we saw near the bottom of the Big 12 last season. I think they would have competed for the Big 12 championship this year had they stuck around. I still don't think they'd have gone undefeated, but they would have been in the thick of the race
Keep in mind that Kevin Sumlin (who ran Oklahoma's offense for five years before going to Houston) has primarily been a Big 12 guy most of his coaching career. He brought an offensive mindset to the SEC that hasn't really been seen there before on any consistent basis. A&M is going to change football in the SEC.
Give a great defense a month to prepare for any given offense (as happens in the Bowl Games) and that defense is going to be tough to succeed against. But, throw that same defense up against really good offenses with a week to prepare and it's a whole different ball game.
And it's that which we learned yesterday. Texas A&M proved it on the field.