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Daily Bull 6.1.16: The Perils of Trench Warfare

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NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Mississippi Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

TWO MORE MONTHS UNTIL COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Ok, fine. That statement isn't what the experts would call "factually accurate." But the statement "there are only two more months in 2016 that do not contain college football" is technically correct, and that's the best kind of correct.

California and Hawaii open the College Football season in Australia on the last weekend in August, which gives us all less time than we realized to freak the hell out about the development of our program and the prognostications of others.

Let's dive in, shall we?

VEGAS AIN'T PLAYED NOBODY PAWWWWL. Season-long over/under lines were released yesterday, and the results for our Aggies were.... not the best.

Six wins, say the fine people of Vegas. Six. Good for 10th in the SEC and lowest in the West.

That stings.

I always figured the glitzy mega-hotels of Vegas were built on bad information, so if you need guidance on how to turn this anger and righteous indignation into a hefty payday, our man Gards has you covered.

BUT WAIT MAYBE ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST ON JUNE 1ST. USA Today ran a solid piece about the culture change at Texas A&M over the past few months, and it is rife with hopeful quotes for the optimists among us.

Ricky Seals-Jones had perhaps the most telling line when asked about graduate transfer Trevor Knight:

"He’s the quarterback leader we need."

LEADERSHIP IS TRICKY WITHOUT A CLEAN POCKET. Wheels over at SEC Country dropped his latest position-specific preview, which focuses on perhaps the biggest non-linebacker question mark heading into 2016: The Offensive Line.

OL savant Jim Turner is back for his second tour of duty in Aggieland, and he has made incredible strides on the recruiting front. But, as the article notes, those reinforcements won't help much next year.

The Aggies return just 19 total games of starting experience, with Gennesy claiming 13 of those by himself. Sutherland has started five for the Maroon and White, while senior guard Jermaine Eluemunor has received the starting nod in just one contest. Texas A&M received one early enrollee on the offensive line in the form of Colton Prater, the three-star offensive guard out of Bossier City, La., but must wait a little longer for the arrival of their other four offensive line prospects to begin working.

The question, which very well could define our season, is "can Jim Turner control the LOS after losing three starters from last year's unit?"