The Aggies are going to have a rough start.
ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach isn't expecting a great start to the year for Texas A&M.
The Aggies open the year at UCLA and also face Arkansas, South Carolina and Alabama during the season's first month and a half.
Schlabach's prediction for Kevin Sumlin's team's first six games: 3-3.
They'll rebound, though.
The Aggies will start 3-3, turning up the heat on Kevin Sumlin, but then they'll win five of their last six games to finish 8-4 and save his job. With signature victories over Florida and Auburn, Texas A&M will decide to keep Sumlin around for a seventh season. But Sumlin will get out of College Station while he can, landing another Power 5 job before AD Scott Woodward can fire him in 2018.
Sumlin is entering the season on the hot seat. His athletic director said, publicly, that it's time for him to win big. If Texas A&M starts the year 3-3, will he be around for the turnaround later in the year?