For some time, it had been known that Mississippi State made special “Snow Bowl” uniforms in remembrance of the 2000 Independence Bowl against Texas A&M. Pictures of the uniforms and helmets were posted all over social media. Then during this past week, the Bulldogs painted across their endzone “#SNOWBOWL2012” to further commemorate the classic game from a little over a decade ago. Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen stated A&M and MSU would be the biggest game of the year. The stadium rung wild with cow bells, not one seat left empty. A&M responded by not only going along with the Snow Bowl festivities, but made a special event of their own by breaking tradition and wearing never before seen black uniforms. In a season of new looks and changes, A&M’s uniform unveil and subsequent beatdown of MSU may have been the final sign that the Aggies have indeed entered a new era in its football program.
For the second straight week, Texas A&M went into a hostile environment and silenced the crowd completely by halftime. The hype and energy Mississippi State built throughout the week—along with a pre-game Dan Mullen speech to the Bulldog Fans—was vanquished before anyone could say, “Snow Bowl”. One of the main questions before the season began was if A&M could handle the physicality that is the SEC. Now the question may turn to whether the SEC can handle the physicality of Texas A&M.
For the second straight week, the Aggies put up their highest rushing totals and the defense has made the Louisiana Tech marathon feel like a distant memory. Now with the three games remaining, the Aggies now stand at 7-2 and on the most recent ESPN Bowl Projections, the experts have A&M going to the Cotton Bowl…against the Texas Longhorns.
Barring a complete meltdown over the next three weeks, Texas A&M’s identity change is nearing completion and their biggest statement came Saturday against MSU. Both programs met at the same crossroads. Both have impressed—Mississippi State being 7-1, A&M being 6-2—but were looking for signature victories. After a humbling loss to Alabama, MSU received doubts from critics about whether they were indeed a top-15 team or a product of an easy schedule. The Ags got recognition for close calls against Florida and LSU, but a big-time win against a big-time opponent, no disrespect to LA Tech, had yet to occur. The winner from Saturday would solidify a spot in the upper echelon of LSU and Alabama in the SEC West. And the Aggies answered in full.
Now as we go into the most exciting month of college football, Texas A&M looks to be hitting their stride at just the right time. After a three-week turnover frenzy, A&M’s given the ball away only once—a turnover a lot of Aggie fans would argue as a touchdown. And next weekend, the unstoppable force that is A&M’s offense will meet the immovable object of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game was announced for 2:30pm on KBTX for the whole nation to see.
Perhaps the biggest sign of change from Kevin Sumlin’s inaugural season? In August, this game was seen as an automatic blowout. This week, it will be the most talked about game in college football.