The Texas A&M Aggies moved to the toughest division in college football a few years ago, the SEC West. Many thought the Aggies, who at times were mediocre in the Big 12 South, would get buried in the SEC. That has not happened. The Aggies have turned it up a notch and have become the powerhouse program in what may be the biggest football crazy state in the nation.
Kyle Field is the home of the Aggies. It opened in 1927 and has undergone many renovations. It is currently being expended to hold over 100,000 screaming Aggie fans. Kyle Field is known as the Home of the 12th Man because in a game early in the program’s history, the Aggies had to pull a student out of the stands to suit up for the second half because they were running out of players. The student never got in the game, but he stood at the ready. For this reason, ever since then, the entire student section stands for every moment from the time they enter the stadium until they leave, “at the ready.”
Some A&M coaches have been known to have a walk-on wear jersey #12 and play on the kick off team. One A&M coach, Jackie Sherrill, used an entire team of walk-one to cover kicks. In his time at A&M, his “12th Man “ unit never allowed a touchdown.
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The standing is not the only tradition that makes Kyle Field the special place that it is to watch football. After each Aggie score, there is the tradition of kissing your date. These students even hold “Midnight Yell” practice the night before the big game.
A&M has always been a tradition rich school and now they bring that to the tradition rich SEC. The Aggies home schedule in future seasons will include such juggernauts as Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. College football does not get any bigger and better than this.
When visiting Kyle Field be sure to show up early and tailgate in this beautiful college town. If you don’t feel like bringing your own food, fear not as there are many great places to eat near Kyle Field. If you crave Italian there is Fritella’s which is very popular among the Aggie fans. Burger Boy is a good place to get a burger and there is also Café Eccell which is the place to go for some of the best pizza in the south.
The Aggies have boasted an explosive offense since joining the SEC which resulted in quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy and the Aggies playing in some huge bowls including the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Manziel’s last game winning a thriller over the Duke Blue Devils.
This year’s Aggie home schedule will have Ball State, Nevada, Mississippi State, Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn and Western Carolina. That might be the greatest home schedule in the country. If that isn’t enough, there are two neutral site games, one against Arizona State in Houston’s NRG Stadium and one at AT&T Stadium against Arkansas.
If you don’t get to a game at Kyle Field this season you will be missing out on an exciting event. Imagine going to see Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide or Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, two of the legends of college football at Kyle Field, one of college football’s most legendary venues.
Some of the great Aggies of the past include John David Crow the 1957 Heisman Trophy winner, countless All-Americans such as Sam Adams, Marcus Buckley, Ray Childress, Quentin Coryatt, Mike Evans, Luke Joeckel, Lester Hayes, Shane Lechler, Tony Franklin, Jake Matthews, Von Miller, Day Nguyen, Ryan Tannehill and Jack Pardee.
Do not miss the next generation of NFL stars who will be playing at Kyle Field this season. A trip to an Aggies game is football at its very best. Don’t miss it!
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