New kids on the block: Missouri and Texas A&M -

New kids on the block: Missouri and Texas A&M

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- After their first regular season’s as members of the Southeastern Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M experienced different results in the 2012 season.  It’s too early to tell which new arrival into the SEC will have a better “career” as a member of the conference, but after one season there are things to discuss.

Texas A&M was certainly a “surprise” team this season.  With a brand new head coach in Kevin Sumlin and a freshman quarterback in Johnny Manziel, not many expected them to be as successful as they have been.  The Aggies finished the 2012 regular season with an overall record of 10-2 and a 6-2 record in the SEC.  Their only two losses come at the hands of #3 ranked Florida and #8 LSU.

Texas A&M had some impressive wins too.  The Aggies held on to win a close game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to beat the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 29-24.  The Aggies have a produced a Heisman-candidate in Johnny Manziel.  This freshman quarterback has led the Aggies all season, breaking freshman records every week.  Many experts pick Manziel to be the first-ever freshman to win a Heisman trophy award.

Due to the team’s success in 2012, the Aggies have a date with their old conference-mate Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 4.

Missouri played the tune of a different song in its first season in the SEC.  Injuries plagued the offense all season.  The Tigers finished their first season in the SEC with a 5-7 record overall and a 2-6 record in the SEC.

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said six games came down to the final drive of the game.  Missouri’s record could have looked worse or much better if not for a few last minute collapses.

The Tigers are missing out on a bowl game this season after making an appearance each of the last five seasons.  The team is now without an offensive coordinator after David Yost resigned on December 3.

Both the Tigers and Aggies had a respectable first season in the SEC.  Clearly Texas A&M was more successful, but it’s definitely not easy switching to one of the toughest conferences to play college football.  With another year of SEC-experience under their belts, both Missouri and Texas A&M hope for further SEC-successes in the future.

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