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Where the Aggies rank among their peers in ESPN’s SP+ metrics

The 2024 college football season will be filled with storyline after storyline, led by conference realignment and the first year for the expanded 12-team playoff structure.

For Texas A&M, new head coach Mike Elko has already proven his recruiting prowess after signing the Aggies’ three remaining targets, including 2024 5-star athlete Terry Bussey, 4-star wide receiver Ashton Bethel-Roman, and 3-star offensive tackle Robert Bourdon.

Concerning the 2024 season, coupled with the returning veterans, Elko has already acquired 22 players from the transfer portal, led by sophomore Edge Nic Scourton, who Purdue and the Big 10 in sacks (10) during the 2023 season.

With starting quarterback Conner Weigman set to return after missing most of last season due to injury, the Aggies have already received plenty of preseason hype, and according to Fan Duel, Texas A&M is predicted to win an average of 8.5 games in 2024, while Weigman is a +1800 bet to win the Heisman trophy.

However, what sets A&M apart from the rest of the SEC is their returning production on both sides of the ball outside of Weigman and the transfer portal additions, including the entire starting offensive line and a bulk of the defensive line, led by senior DL Shemar Turner.

Providing the metrics to back it up, ESPN’s Bill Connelly released his newest SP+ rankings, but the question remains: where do the Agges land in the SEC for returning production next season?

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Gavin Freeman (82) runs during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Oklahoma won 34-30.
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Gavin Freeman (82) runs during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Oklahoma won 34-30.

Record prediction: 7-5 (3-5 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 44%

FBS ranking: 111th

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Kentucky Wildcats

[Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]
[Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Record prediction: 7-5 (3-5 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 45%

FBS ranking: 110th

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Tennessee Volunteers

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 46%

FBS ranking: 107th

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Arkansas Razorbacks

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 4-8 (1-7 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 50%

FBS ranking: 99th

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South Carolina Gamecocks

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Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 6-6 (2-6 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 52%

FBS ranking: 94th

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Record Prediction: 5-7 (1-7 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 54%

FBS ranking: 89th

Vanderbilt Commodores

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Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 3-9 (0-8 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 54%

FBS ranking: 87th

LSU Tigers

Logan Diggs 3 runs the ball as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 25, 2023.
Logan Diggs 3 runs the ball as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 25, 2023.

Record prediction: 8-4 (4-4 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 55%

FBS ranking: 84th

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Alabama Crimson Tide

Jan 13, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The University of Alabama introduced new head football coach Kalen DeBoer with a press conference at Bryant-Denny Stadium. DeBoer speaks during the press conference.
Jan 13, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; The University of Alabama introduced new head football coach Kalen DeBoer with a press conference at Bryant-Denny Stadium. DeBoer speaks during the press conference.

Record prediction: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 56%

FBS ranking: 83rd

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Florida Gators

[Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]
[Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]

Record prediction: 6-6 (3-5 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 70%

FBS ranking: 39th

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Ole Miss Rebels

(Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Record prediction: 11-1 (7-1 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 71%

FBS ranking: 35th

Texas Longhorns

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 11-1 (7-1 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 74%

FBS ranking: 30th

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Auburn Tigers

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Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 7-5 (3-5 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 74%

FBS ranking: 27th

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Georgia Bulldogs

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Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 12-0 (8-0 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 76%

FBS ranking: 25th

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Texas A&M Aggies

Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Conner Weigman (15) greets teammate wide receiver Noah Thomas (3) prior to the game against the New Mexico Lobos at Kyle Field. Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 77%

FBS ranking: 22nd

Missouri Tigers

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Record prediction: 11-2 (6-2 SEC)

SP+ returning production: 79%

FBS ranking: 16th

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire