Texas A&M Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline during the second half against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN college football analyst Greg McElroy names three teams he thinks that are contenders in the SEC West this season: the LSU Tigers, the Texas A&M Aggies, and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Those three, according to McElroy, have seemly pulled away from the other teams in the West. Yet despite that, McElroy says all three have flaws that could hamper their chances of winning.

He breaks down each team’s chances on ‘Always Colleg Football with Greg McElroy.’

“Think about LSU. When Jayden Daniels is on, they’re a very difficult team to beat. He had a rough first half against Arkansas…He just wasn’t on his game. But when he’s going, man,” McElroy said. “They’re going to be a little up and down from time to time..The Hogs scored on their final 5 possessions, which is something that’s really concerning. We know the secondary is not great but the front 7 that’s got to be the calling card of LSU.”

McElroy says he’s impressed with Alabama’s defense but still worries about their offense.

“Alabama is another team that made a ton of mistakes. Milroe had a bad interception. I thought he really did a nice job in the 2nd half of that football game. There were some bad sacks taken…” McElroy said. “Seth McLaughlin snapping it over his head. They’ve had a handful of poor snaps…They just have a lot to clean up…They’ve got to be more efficient.”

And as far as the Aggies go, McElroy is concerned about them losing their starting QB against Auburn, but backup Max Johnson did well in his place.

“Max Johnson goes in and doesn’t miss a beat…Really broke the game open in a lot of ways…” McElroy said. “You think about where the Aggies [defense] have been the last couple weeks on 3rd down, man they are ridiculous.”

All three teams have a loss already but another loss would all but eliminate that team from going to the College Football Playoff, but may be not from the SEC West title.

{Always College Football}

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