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The Curse of Pretty Good

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Consistent Top 25 finishes have obscured our inability to make a run at a modern Big Three national title. But fear not... hope is still on the horizon.

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Let’s start with the obvious question. What’s the point of this piece?

First, it’s the offseason. And second… since our move to the SEC, larger and larger pieces of our fanbase have adopted a perverse, alternative, almost unsporting view of how Texas A&M Athletics should be graded. Phrases like “market reach”, “brand exposure”, and “revenue stream” are used to argue superiority, when these arguments are best served by one metric and one metric only: winning.

That’s the goal of this article - to build a case for Texas A&M’s Big Three men’s programs, relative to the rest of the Power Five, strictly in the context of these questions:

  • How many Big Three titles have you won in the modern era?
  • If you haven’t won a title in the modern era, how close have you come?
  • How many times did you make it to that stage?

Yes, we’re tracking proximity to a national title above all else. In our basketball metrics, for example, a program with one magical Final Four appearance (sup, South Carolina) outranks a program with multiple Elite Eights that has not made the Final Four (sorry, Virginia). We’re not celebrating strings of above average seasons, and we’re not applauding the majesty of “a program with a high floor.” We are simply tracking how often (and effectively) each major program cycles up.

Warning: This is going to sting.

Football (by whoopy)

Modern era definition: Scholarships limited to 85 per team (1994 - present)

Graded criteria: Champion, Runner-up, Playoff/Top 5 finish (AP Final Poll), Top 10 finish (AP Final Poll),

Texas A&M Power Five Rank: 34th (of 65)

Texas A&M SEC Rank: 9th (of 14)

Comparing College Football with College Basketball and College Baseball is similar to comparing apples and oranges since football does not have the same type of end of year tournament. The four team playoff is a nice start. We had to be somewhat creative to measure championship success for football programs.

The expectations surrounding the Texas A&M football program have been, and continue to be, set very high. However, these expectations do not match up with the level of success in a championship context.

Football - Modern Era Comparison

University Conference Titles NC Appearance Top 5 Finishes/CFP appearance Top 10 Finishes
University Conference Titles NC Appearance Top 5 Finishes/CFP appearance Top 10 Finishes
Ohio State B1G 2002, 2014 2002, 2006, 2007, 2014 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 16
Alabama SEC 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 2017 1994, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 13
Florida State ACC 1999, 2013 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2013 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2013, 2014 11
Florida SEC 1996, 2006, 2008 1995, 1996, 2006, 2008 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009 11
Oklahoma BigXII 2000 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 12
USC PAC12 2003, 2004 2004, 2005 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016 9
Nebraska B1G 1994, 1995, 1997 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 7
LSU SEC 2003, 2007 2003, 2007, 2011 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011 7
Texas BigXII 2005 2005, 2009 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 7
Oregon PAC12 2010, 2014 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 8
Georgia SEC 2017 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017 9
Miami ACC 2001 1994, 2001, 2002 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 5
Tennessee SEC 1998 1997, 1998 1995, 1998, 2001 6
Auburn SEC 2010 2010, 2013 2004, 2010, 2013 6
Clemson ACC 2016 2015, 2016 2015, 2016, 2017 4
Penn State B1G 1994, 2005 7
Virginia Tech ACC 1999 7
TCU BigXII 2010, 2014 6
Michigan B1G 1997, 1999 6
Wisconsin B1G 1999 7
Michigan State B1G 2013, 2014 4
Stanford PAC12 2010, 2015 4
Kansas State BigXII 6
Colorado PAC12 1994, 1995 4
Utah PAC12 2004, 2008 3
Washington PAC12 2000, 2016 2
Iowa B1G 5
Notre Dame* LOL 2012 2012 2
West Virginia BigXII 2005 3
Washington State PAC12 4
UCLA PAC12 1997 3
Missouri SEC 2007, 2013 2
South Carolina SEC 2013 3
Texas A&M SEC 2012 2 (1994, 2012)
Arizona State PAC12 1996 1
Louisville ACC 2
Georgia Tech ACC 2
Oklahoma State BigXII 2011 1
Oregon State PAC12 2000 1
North Carolina ACC 2
Kansas BigXII 2
Arizona PAC12 1998 1
Arkansas SEC 2011 1
Northwestern B1G 1
Baylor BigXII 1
California PAC12 1
Boston College ACC 1
Mississippi SEC 1
Syracuse B1G
Pittsburgh ACC
Wake Forest ACC
Illinois B1G
Maryland ACC
Purdue B1G
Rutgers B1G
Duke ACC
North Carolina State ACC
Virginia ACC
Iowa State BigXII
Texas Tech BigXII
Indiana B1G
Minnesota B1G
Kentucky SEC
Mississippi State SEC
Vanderbilt SEC

There are 17 different teams in this data range that have played in what counted as a National Championship Game. (The Pre-BCS era was a weird time). Of those 17 teams, 14 have played in multiple National Title games, while Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and Georgia have appeared only once in this time frame (all lost). Texas A&M joins a list of 48 total Power 5 schools that have not participated in a National Title game in the last 24 years.

In 2012, Johnny Manziel gave A&M its closest chance at championship; however, the early-season Florida loss set Alabama up to play in the Championship game against Notre Dame (after winning the SEC Championship). Prior to the AP Top 5 finish in 2012, the last top 10 finish for A&M came in 1994. Compare that to non-Power 5 team Boise State that has had four top 10 finishes, two of which were top 5 finishes; or UCF that has had two top 10 finishes since 2013.

Texas A&M Football is one of six teams that has two or fewer top 10 finishes, one top 5 finish, and is without a playoff or National Championship game appearance in this span. These teams include: Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Arizona, and Arkansas.

Basketball (by gigthem08)

Modern era definition: NCAA Tournament Field expands to 64 teams (1985 - present)

Graded criteria: Champion, Runner-up, Final Four, Elite Eight, Sweet Sixteen

Texas A&M Power Five Rank: T-50th (of 65)

Texas A&M SEC Rank: 12th (of 14)

As you might expect, it was not very difficult to leverage a massive tournament with mountains of historical data. As you might also expect, Texas A&M Basketball does not hold up very well to a deep dive centered around championship contention. Let’s hit the carnage.

Basketball - Modern Era Comparison

Squad Titles Runner Up Final Four Elite 8 Sweet 16
Squad Titles Runner Up Final Four Elite 8 Sweet 16
Duke 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015 1986, 1990, 1994, 1999 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2015 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
North Carolina 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017 2016 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
Kentucky 1996, 1998, 2012 1997, 2014 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Kansas 1988, 2008 1991, 2003, 2012 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2018 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
Florida 2006, 2007 2000 1994, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2014 1994, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 1987*, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
Louisville 1986, 2013* 1986, 2005, 2012*, 2013* 1986, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2013*, 2015* 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*
Michigan 1989 1992*, 1993*, 2013, 2018 1989, 1992*, 1993*, 2013, 2018 1989, 1992, 1993*, 1994, 2013, 2014, 2018 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993*, 1994, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
Michigan State 2000 2009 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 1986, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Syracuse 2003 1996 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016 1987, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2012*, 2013, 2016 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012*, 2013, 2016, 2018
Arizona 1997 2001 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001 1988, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2014, 2015 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
UCLA 1995 2006 1995, 2006, 2007, 2008 1992, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017
Indiana 1987 2002 1987, 1992, 2002 1987, 1992, 1993, 2002 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2012, 2013, 2016
Arkansas 1994 1995 1990, 1994, 1995 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Maryland 2002 2001, 2002 2001, 2002 1985, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2016
Oklahoma 1988 1988, 2002, 2016 1985, 1988, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2016 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2015, 2016
Ohio State 2007 1999*, 2007, 2012 1992, 1999*, 2007, 2012, 2013 1991, 1992, 1999*, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Wisconsin 2015 2000, 2014, 2015 2000, 2005, 2014, 2015 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Illinois 2005 1989, 2005 1989, 2001, 2005 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
Georgia Tech 2004 1990, 2004 1985, 1990, 2004 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2004
Utah 1998 1998 1997, 1998 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2015
Oklahoma State 1995, 2004 1995, 2000, 2004 1991, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2005
LSU 1986, 2006 1986, 1987, 2006 1986, 1987, 2000, 2006
Texas 2003 1990, 2003, 2006, 2008 1990, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008
Oregon 2017 2002, 2007, 2016, 2017 2002, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2017
Stanford 1998 1998, 2001 1997, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2014
Minnesota 1997 1990, 1997* 1989, 1990, 1997*
West Virginia 2010 2010 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018
Mississippi State 1996 1996 1995, 1996
South Carolina 2017 2017 2017
Virginia 1989, 1995, 2016 1989, 1993, 1995, 2014, 2016
Missouri 1994*, 2002, 2009 1989, 1994*, 2002, 2009
Kansas State 1988, 2010, 2018 1988, 2010, 2018
Purdue 1994, 2000 1988, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018
North Carolina State 1985, 1986 1985, 1986, 1989, 2005, 2012, 2015
Notre Dame* 2015, 2016 1987, 2003, 2015, 2016
Baylor 2010, 2012 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017
Florida State 1993, 2018 1992, 1993, 2011, 2018
Alabama 2004 1985, 1986, 1987*, 1990, 1991, 2004
Tennessee 2010 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
Pittsburgh 2009 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009
Iowa State 2000 1986, 1997, 2000, 2014, 2016
Wake Forest 1996 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004
Auburn 1986 1985, 1986, 1999, 2003
Iowa 1987 1987, 1988, 1999
Boston College 1994 1985, 2006
Texas Tech 2018 2005, 2018
USC 2001 2001, 2007
Washington 1998, 2005, 2006, 2010
Vanderbilt 1988,1993, 2004, 2007
Clemson 1990*, 1997, 2018
Miami 2000, 2013, 2016
Texas A&M 2007, 2016, 2018
California 1993, 1997
Penn State 2001
Arizona State 1995
Washington State 2008
Georgia 1996
Mississippi 2001
Virginia Tech
TCU
Nebraska
Northwestern
Rutgers
Colorado
Oregon State

The list of schools that haven’t made an Elite Eight in the modern era are not exactly great company. We get a small bump for our multiple Sweet Sixteen appearances, but our inability to join the list of forty seven P5 schools with an Elite Eight appearance is a tough pill to swallow.

We ultimately found a home among the likes of Clemson, Miami, California, Washington, and Vanderbilt. All schools with multiple Sweet Sixteen appearances, and all riding a 30+ year drought without an Elite Eight appearance.

Let’s talk about something else.

Baseball (by gigthem08)

Modern era definition: Field expands to 64 (1988 - present)

Graded criteria: Champion, Runner-up, Omaha Appearance

Texas A&M Power Five Rank: T-25th (of 65)

Texas A&M SEC Rank: 9th (of 14)

The nation does not love college baseball like we do… a lesson that was hammered home while attempting to research this section. The result is an imperfect rating system that is based on criteria that were easily found and categorized: Titles, Runner-Up finishes, and trips to Omaha.

This section is as good as it gets, and it’s still not that great.

Baseball - Modern Era Comparison

Team Title Runner Up College World Series
Team Title Runner Up College World Series
LSU 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009 2017 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017
Oregon State 2006, 2007, 2018 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2017, 2018
Texas 2002, 2005 1989, 2004, 2009 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2018
South Carolina 2010, 2011 2002, 2012 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012
Miami 1999, 2001 1996 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016
Stanford 1988 2000, 2001, 2003 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
Florida 2017 2005, 2011 1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Georgia 1990 2008 1990, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008
Virginia 2015 2014 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015
UCLA 2013 2010 1997, 2010, 2012, 2013
USC 1998 1995 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001
Vanderbilt 2014 2015 2011, 2014, 2015
Arizona 2012 2016 2004, 2012, 2016
Oklahoma 1994 1992, 1994, 1995, 2010
North Carolina 2006, 2007 1989, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018
Arizona State 1988, 1998 1988, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2007*, 2009, 2010
Florida State 1999 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017
Arkansas 2018 1989, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018
Mississippi State 2013 1990, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2013, 2018
Oklahoma State 1990 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2016
Alabama 1997 1996, 1997, 1999
Georgia Tech 1994 1994, 2002, 2006
Clemson 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010
TCU 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Louisville 2007, 2013, 2014, 2017
Texas A&M 1993, 1999, 2011, 2017
Texas Tech 2014, 2016, 2018
Nebraska 2001, 2002, 2005
Tennessee 1995, 2001, 2005
California 1988, 1992, 2011
Auburn 1994, 1997
Washington 2018
Mississippi 2014
North Carolina State 2013
Indiana 2013
Baylor 2005
Notre Dame* 2002
Kansas 1993
Boston College
Duke
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
Kansas State
Iowa State
West Virginia
Illinois
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin
Colorado
Oregon
Utah
Washington State
Missouri
Kentucky

Let’s start with the obvious - the lack of reliable information paints Texas A&M in a pretty positive light. By skipping straight from “CWS appearance” to “Runner Up,” we’re able to blur the lines between TCU (eight CWS wins between 2014-2017 without an appearance in the final series) and Texas A&M (famously without a CWS win across three sporadic appearances).

And y’all, college baseball ain’t exactly a priority across the Power Five. Almost half of the PAC 12 and the ACC haven’t sniffed Omaha during our timetable, and the Big Ten (if you can believe this) is looking at a 30 year stretch where only two universities have modern trips to the College World Series. One of those two schools? Nebraska… during their Big XII days. This deck is about as stacked as we could hope to find across this time period, and we’re still winless in Omaha.

Overall, 14 universities have grabbed a title during this stretch, with another eight grabbing a runner-up appearance. The Aggies land among Cal, Texas Tech, Louisville, and Tennessee in a pile of teams that have made Omaha trips with little noise.

Again, this is unequivocally our most successful program.

Multi-Sport (by gigthem08)

Now, we arrive at the hammer. The multi-sport comparison. The purpose of the entire exercise. A comprehensive look at championship caliber seasons across the Big Three sports for every University in the Power Five.

First, a quick primer

  • Championships and runner-up appearances count the same across all sports
  • Final Fours, CFP Playoff appearances, and “Top 5” final poll appearances (pre-CFP) count as “Tier Two” seasons
  • Elite Eights, CWS appearances, and “Top 10” final poll appearances count as “Tier Three” seasons
  • Sweet Sixteens and Conference Titles (football only) count as “Tier Four” seasons

Beyond that, the table is pretty straightforward. We’re sorting strictly in the context of “what is your best season,” and breaking ties by checking how many times each school made it to their ceiling.

Abandon all hope, ye who proceed beyond this point

Big Three - Modern Era Comparison

University Titles Runner Up Tier Two Tier Three Tier Four
University Titles Runner Up Tier Two Tier Three Tier Four
LSU 8 2 6 26 8
Florida 6 4 13 32 17
Duke 5 4 12 15 24
Alabama 5 2 8 17 12
North Carolina 4 3 11 27 22
Texas 3 4 6 23 12
Miami 3 3 4 21 8
Kentucky 3 2 8 16 20
USC 3 2 8 14 11
Nebraska 3 1 4 10 4
Oregon State 3 0 1 7 1
Oklahoma 2 4 11 22 21
Florida State 2 4 9 26 17
Ohio State 2 3 13 21 18
Kansas 2 3 9 18 23
Arizona 2 2 5 14 17
UCLA 2 2 5 13 15
South Carolina 2 2 2 10 1
Louisville 2 0 4 14 16
Michigan 1 4 7 13 14
Stanford 1 3 3 16 9
Georgia 1 2 4 14 4
Arkansas 1 2 4 11 6
Michigan State 1 1 9 13 18
Syracuse 1 1 5 7 17
Clemson 1 1 3 11 7
Tennessee 1 1 3 10 7
Auburn 1 1 3 9 7
Indiana 1 1 3 5 10
Virginia 1 1 0 7 5
Vanderbilt 1 1 0 3 4
Maryland 1 0 2 2 10
Oregon 0 2 6 12 12
Georgia Tech 0 2 2 8 7
Arizona State 0 2 1 9 3
Wisconsin 0 1 4 11 15
Oklahoma State 0 1 3 9 7
Utah 0 1 3 5 11
Illinois 0 1 2 3 7
Mississippi State 0 1 1 7 2
Notre Dame* 0 1 1 5 4
Virginia Tech 0 1 0 7 7
TCU 0 0 2 11 8
Penn State 0 0 2 7 5
Missouri 0 0 2 5 4
West Virginia 0 0 2 4 12
Colorado 0 0 2 4 1
Washington 0 0 2 3 7
Texas A&M 0 0 1 6 4
Minnesota 0 0 1 2 3
Kansas State 0 0 0 9 5
Iowa 0 0 0 6 5
Baylor 0 0 0 4 6
California 0 0 0 4 3
Washington State 0 0 0 4 3
Texas Tech 0 0 0 4 2
North Carolina State 0 0 0 3 6
Purdue 0 0 0 2 10
Boston College 0 0 0 2 3
Mississippi 0 0 0 2 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 6
Iowa State 0 0 0 1 5
Wake Forest 0 0 0 1 5
Northwestern 0 0 0 1 3
Rutgers 0 0 0 0 1

A few quick hitters:

  • 19 (of 65) Power Five Universities have won multiple Big Three national titles in the modern era
  • 32 Power Five Universities have won at least one Big Three national title in the modern era
  • An additional 10 Universities have not won a national title, but have made an appearance in a national title game
  • Beyond those 42 schools, an additional six have had multiple “tier two” seasons
  • And finally… finally we arrive at Texas A&M. Tied for 49th among 65 Power Five schools with only one “tier two” season (2012 Football). Our friends in 49th place? The Minnesota Golden Gophers, proud owners of a Final Four appearance in 1997.
  • Beneath A&M and Minnesota… the dregs of the world. The 15 schools that haven’t had a Top Five pre-CFP finish in football, a playoff appearance in football, a Final Four appearance, or an appearance in the CWS Championship Series. I’m not going to lie - it wouldn’t be too difficult to develop slightly different criteria that placed a few of these schools above us… but it’s nice to know that things could technically be worse.
  • Adding salt to the wound - a list of schools from outside the Power Five that would rank equal to or higher than Texas A&M in this exercise: Loyola Chicago, Wichita State, VCU, Memphis, Georgetown, George Mason, Marquette, UMass, UNLV, Xavier, Butler, UConn, Gonzaga, Boise State, Coastal Carolina, Villanova and Seton Hall.

So Let’s Recap (by whoopy)

Freaking Minnesota. Prior to this experiment, we certainly did not consider Minnesota to be anywhere near the same level as Texas A&M’s big three sports. For starters, Texas A&M Athletic Department revenue for 2017 was $211,960,034; while Minnesota’s revenue was $116,376,862. The expectations, and money, we as Aggies have is up there with programs that have won championships in one, two, or all three of these sports. The results do not match up to expectations.

History is not on Texas A&M’s side, but history does not mean the future can’t change. Teams have risen from obscurity to win it all. Most notably, Clemson, who compares similarly with Texas A&M in basketball, baseball, and pre-2015 football as Clemson historically has not been a contender. Now, Clemson has played their way into the national conversation by making the CFP each of the last three seasons and winning it all in 2016. Clemson football is now elite, and coming to College Station this fall.

Of Texas A&M’s big 3, it looks like Baseball is the closest to getting over the hump, but the lack of appearances or wins in Omaha is a big hump to overcome. Football made the biggest commitment by hiring Jimbo Fisher, a coach that has a national championship and has A&M recruiting at a very high level. Basketball had a large number of key players leave for the draft...wait...let’s not talk about basketball right now…

How do these results match up with your outlook and expectations of these sports teams? Let us know in the comments.