Opening the season one week late has pros and cons for Texas A&M
Texas A&M will be playing its first game of the season when it hosts Florida this weekend after its season opener was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac.
Just what effect that will have on the Aggies, who will now open the season with its first game in the SEC, remains to be seen. But first-year Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin said he thinks the one-week delay could have both positive and negative effects.
"There are positives and negatives to both, but it's how you look at it,'' Sumlin said. "For some guys it will be positive, for some guys it won't. That's just how it is. Everybody is not going to be the same coming into this football game because we do have guys who have not played in a college football game going out there. I think somebody asked me last weekend about going on the road and starting a quarterback. There are a lot more positives about playing at home.''
Sumlin said even if the Aggies had opened against Louisiana Tech last week, not much would have changed for this week. They wouldn't have watched Florida film any sooner, and this would still be the inaugural game for the Aggies. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that the Aggies also have a new staff which will be coaching its first game with this group of players.
"We can't change what happened last week,'' Sumlin said. "It's how you approach it. . . They've gotten some first-game jitters out of the way. That being said, the same questions are asked, 'How is your quarterback going to handle opening at home against an SEC opponent on GameDay here?' and all of that other stuff. The questions would have been 'How is he going to handle opening on the road?'
So whatever happens, it's a first game. How you handle it varies from week-to-week. We can't do anything about what happened a week before. We've just been dealt a new set of circumstances for which we need to be prepared for. For us as a coaching staff, the challenge will be that we don't know how guys are going to react. In certain circumstances, we haven't been around this team. That will be the interesting part of the game, particularly because there's adversity in every football game. The only way to know how guys are going to react and how to kind of move through that is to see them in those kinds of situations as much as you can, but from a practice standpoint to a game standpoint, they're two different things. The intensity level, the speed, the consequences of a mistake in a game is much different than in practice. So the only way to gain that type of experience is to play.''