The Texas A&M Aggies and head coach Kevin Sumlin certainly had a different vibe than in the week following a loss to Alabama each of the previous two seasons. The Aggies fell to top ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa Saturday 33-14, but the general attitude coming from College Station is continued confidence.
For Sumlin and his staff the toughest task may be keeping the Aggies focused on the short term this week with New Mexico State coming to town and a continued interest, from the media at least, in how the Aggies could finish the season. Sumlin addressed the short and long term visions for the Aggies during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
"We talked about that yesterday," Sumlin responded when asked a question including a long term picture for the team. "We're not talking about that. We have got to worry about this week. We don't have any control over what happens after that, our guys understand that. Right after that game (last week's loss to Alabama) everybody still wants to talk about where we are in the national picture. What can happen here, and what can happen there. Six weeks ago that was't a conversation and now all of a sudden it is? We don't forget that, we have got to beat New Mexico State this week. That is where we refocused on, that is what this week is about."
Over the last two season, following losses to Alabama, the Aggies have shown cracks in the weeks following the game. Two years ago it was the 59-0 loss in Tuscaloosa and last season was the loss which saw the Aggies throw three pick-six interceptions. This season, the Aggies showed better that they belonged on the field with Alabama and are able to take many positives from the loss moving forward.
The Aggies are set to kick off with visiting New Mexico State, also the Aggies, Saturday night at 6 P.M. at Kyle Field.