Kevin Sumlin’s Texas A&M escapes potentially disastrous loss to Nicholls State Bob Levey/Getty Images

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin was already in hot water just one game into the season, and Saturday night’s 24-14 win didn’t make things much better.

Nicholls State was supposed to be a pushover. Instead, with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Aggies were scrambling for a way to win with the game tied at 14.

Texas A&M woke up, chewed clock and notched a 10-point lead to end the upset bid and keep Sumlin’s job for now.

But this comes after the Texas A&M athletic director put the pressure on before the season even began, Sumlin’s seat heated up during the Aggies’ 34-point blown lead in Week 1 and it really was brought to another level after a Regent called him out.

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While Sumlin (and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit) pushed back against the Regent, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum noted he was in trouble during ESPN’s College GameDay.

“What happens over the next 6-8 weeks will be critical. He has a critical game against Arkansas, then South Carolina and then he has Alabama and Florida in back-to-back weeks before an off week. The sense is, if there are three or four losses by then, it could be over by that particular point in time.”

Sumlin and Co. was expected to run through Nicholls State. Obviously that wasn’t the case. A win is a win, but this one is ugly.

Arkansas and South Carolina looked like difficult matchups on paper, and Alabama appears to be unbeatable. If he’s still coaching, Florida certainly looks beatable as well.

There’s always the possibility Sumlin leaves College Station before the school can fire him, but we’ll keep tabs and see just how far this gets.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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