A journey to the future. . . .
Welcome to the year 2014! The SEC is coming off it’s 8th consecutive National Title after the Mississippi State Bulldogs (too soon?) beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the mighty B1G 10 (12?) in the BCS National Championship Game and the conference is looking to continue it’s dominance even further. Now, on December 6, 2014, two teams remain standing that could continue the SEC’s dominance over the rest of college football: the Texas A&M Aggies and the Virginia Tech Hokies!
Let’s take a look at how they got here:
After joining the SEC West in 2012, the Aggies had some growing pains in their first season in the country’s best conference, going just 6-7 with losses at Alabama, at Auburn and at home against LSU. They upset Arkansas and beat Vanderbilt and Georgia out of the East before losing in the Music City Bowl to NC State. 2013 was slightly better for the Aggies when they went 9-4 with a bowl win in the Outback Bowl against Michigan.
But 2014 is when it all came together for Mike Sherman’s Aggies; upsets over Alabama, LSU and Auburn early set up the rivalry game win against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville. The only blemish was an early loss to Florida in the Swamp. At 11-1 going into the SEC Championship and a ranking of #4 in the country, a win against the Hokies would more than likely convince voters to give the Aggies the benefit of the doubt and let them into the National Championship Game.
Once the SEC had added Texas A&M, it was only logical to add a 14th team and the conference immediately looked east and decided on the Hokies to extend their reach into the previously untapped market of Virginia.
Growing pains weren’t nearly as tough on the Hokies, who joined the much weaker East division and in their first season in 2013, Virginia Tech went 10-2 in the regular season, just missing out on the SEC Championship Game due to a loss at South Carolina near the end of the season.
In 2014 the Hokies ran the table in the East and grabbed wins at Ole Miss and Auburn in their matchups against West foes. Coming into the SEC Championship the Hokies are 13-0 and ranked #2 in the country. A win against Texas A&M would guarantee them a spot in the National Championship Game, where they would more than likely face former ACC foe Florida State for the chance to win the SEC’s 9th straight championship.
Sound crazy? Give it three years.