July 17, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin speaks during the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE
Texas A&M will open its season on the road Thursday as it travels to face Louisiana Tech.
After leaving the Big 12 at the end of last season, Texas A&M was scheduled to make its debut as a member of the SEC on Thursday against Louisiana Tech. However, the game has been postponed to Oct. 13 due to Hurricane Isaac. (Here's a look at each team's updated 2012 schedule.) However, there's still plenty to look forward to, even if Aggies and Bulldogs fans will have to wait.
Not only will the game be Texas A&M's first in a new conference, it will also be the debut of new head coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin, who led Houston to a 13-1 record last season, took over the Aggies after Mike Sherman was fired following a 7-6 season.
While a new coach and a new conference might seem like enough debuts for one game, Texas A&M will also feature a new starting quarterback. Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel won the starting job in fall camp and will make his collegiate debut.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs should provide a strong test for the Aggies. Tech went 8-5 last season and returns a number of key players from the 2011 team. Among them is senior wide receiver Quinton Patton. Patton was Tech's leading receiver last season, catching 78 passes for 1,177 yards. The Bulldogs were a well-balanced team last year, ranking in the top 60 in both offensive and defensive yards per game.
New game date: Oct. 13
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