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CFB Future Market 2022 Preview: Texas A&M Aggies

At the beginning were SEC championship dreams when Texas A&M hired head coach Jimbo Fisher.  Now that vision may be finally coming into focus.  Two seasons ago, the Aggies beat every College football betting opponent but Alabama.  Last season, they defeated Alabama.  Next, they aim to finish ahead of Alabama in the grueling SEC West Division race.  That will be easier said than done.  Beating Alabama once is supremely difficult.  Doing it in back-to-back seasons is considered impossible.  But Texas A&M gets an influx of talent from a recruiting class that experts consider the best ever.

CFB Future Market 2022 Preview: Texas A&M Aggies

2022 Texas AA&M Future Odds: +2280 to win the National Championship
+1200 to win the SEC Championship
Over – Under Win Total 9.5

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Jimbo Fisher is an ace recruiter.  And that has made the Aggies a top online sportsbook favorite.  Meanwhile, there is a strong returning nucleus.  Receiver Ainias Smith and All-America defensive back Antonio Johnson are at the front.  In comparison, 2021 Freshman All-America offensive linemen Bryce Foster and Reuben Fatheree II supplement optimism.

Offensive Consistency Needed for 2022  

Injuries severely damaged the Aggies’ offense last betting on college football season.  The costliest was to quarterback Haynes King.  Specifically, King suffered a broken leg early in the second game.  Replacement Zach Calzada excelled in the upset of Alabama.  However, he mostly struggled against other Power Five opponents. 

Although Calzada transferred to Auburn, King isn’t guaranteed to reclaim the bet on NCAAF starting job.  He will battle with LSU transfer Max Johnson.  Johnson threw 27 touchdown passes and just six interceptions last season.

Whoever wins the quarterback competition will throw to a strong group of receivers.  To show, Smith has had 90 receptions and 12 touchdown catches over the last two seasons.  He can turn short receptions into big gains.  But a legitimate deep threat is a remaining need.  Five-star freshman Evan Stewart could fill that role.  He had an excellent spring and figures to make an immediate impact.  Sophomore Muhsin Muhammad III came on strong last year.

Junior running back Devon Achane may also emerge.  Consider that Achane is a world-class sprinter.  Last season, Achane rushed for 910 yards.  His carries should lead to an increased role.

In sum, the offensive line should be improved in at least four positions.  Fatheree and Foster were excellent freshmen and should be even better as sophomores.  Junior guard Layden Robinson should be better as well.  He played through injuries in 2021 but is now healthy.  Once upon a time, redshirt freshman Trey Zuhn was a four-star prospect.  He will replace departed Jahmir Johnson at tackle.

But the biggest challenge is replacing two-time All-America guard Kenyon Green.  Namely, Aki Ogunbiyi, who started four games, or four-star freshman Kam Dewberry is likely to replace Green.

DJ Durkin Takes over Aggies Defense

Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin arrives to coordinate the Aggies’ defense.  Durkin coordinated top-15 units at Florida in 2013 and 2014 and Michigan in 2015.  Now he is tasked to do the same at Texas A&M. Durkin has a lot of talent with which to work.  Especially in the Aggies secondary, where four starters return.

Durkin’s most difficult assignment might be deciding where to play junior Antonio Johnson.  Johnson earned All-SEC and All-America honors as a nickel back in 2021.  However, many consider him a natural fit to replace Leon O’Neal at safety.  A&M could have one of the best Betting on NCAAF safety tandems in the country if Johnson joins fourth-year starter Demani Richardson.  Likewise, Johnson figures to make that move because the Aggies appear loaded at cornerback depth.


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