Olin Buchanan
Columnist
Olin joined TexAgs in July of 2012 as a columnist. He previously was a national college football writer for Rivals.com and Yahoo. A graduate of White Oak High School in East Texas, Olin worked at newspapers in Longview and Tyler before covering the Aggies for the Bryan-College Station Eagle from 1993-95. He also worked at the Austin American-Statesman for 11 years. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and a Heisman Trophy voter.
Starkel gives Aggies their best shot in what could be a shootout
After sitting for six games with an injury, Nick Starkel started and finished a game for the first time last Saturday against New Mexico. He'll need to build on his success in that blowout to lead the Aggies to a win in what is likely to be a shootout with the high-powered Ole Miss offense.
SEC Round-Up: After dominant stretch, can Auburn threaten Alabama?
Auburn started slowly this season but has reeled off huge wins over the last few weeks. Can the Tigers actually challenge the top-ranked Crimson Tide? Olin Buchanan takes a look around the Southeastern Conference.
Ole Misery: A&M seeking elusive win over Rebels with Starkel at controls
Despite often having a better team, Texas A&M has continually struggled against Ole Miss. With newfound confidence in quarterback Nick Starkel, can the Aggies finally get over the hump?
Explosive Ole Miss passing attack poses test for young A&M secondary
With the SEC's most dangerous passing attack on the horizon, a youthful and porous Texas A&M secondary will need to step up. The Aggies will need all the help they can get to slow down Jordan Ta'amu and the Rebels.
Around CFB: Central Florida's magical season raises playoff questions
Scott Frost has Central Florida at 9-0 and ranked No. 14 in the country. Should the Knights be considered for the College Football Playoff if they remain unbeaten? Olin Buchanan runs down college football's wild week.
Nick Starkel impresses with gaudy numbers in return to starting lineup
After suffering an ankle injury two months ago in Los Angeles, sophomore quarterback Nick Starkel returned to the lineup and did not disappoint. Starkel would finish the night with 416 yards and four touchdowns in a half of play.
Post-Game Review: Texas A&M 55, New Mexico 14
Nick Starkel was spectacular in his first career start at Kyle Field on Saturday night against New Mexico, throwing for 416 yards and four touchdowns in two quarters of action. Wideout Christian Kirk added two touchdowns of his own.
Three tickets needed for a friend
6 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Aggies overcome sluggish start, blowout West Virginia in Germany, 88-65
Texas A&M started slow Friday night, trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, but that didn't last long. D.J. Hogg and Admon Gilder came off the bench to combine for 42 points in the 23-point win over No. 11 West Virginia.
Shorthanded A&M squad to rely on newfound depth in season-opener
With projected starters J.J. Caldwell and potential NBA first-rounder Robert Williams suspended, Billy Kennedy and the Aggies will have to rely on depth against No. 11 West Virginia in the season-opener from Germany.
Aggies, Starkel look to right the ship Saturday against New Mexico
The last time Nick Starkel started at quarterback for the Aggies, they jumped out to a commanding 34-point lead over UCLA. Starkel and A&M look for a similar start on Saturday as Bob Davie and New Mexico come to Kyle Field.
SEC Round-Up: Auburn looks to play spoiler for Georgia, Alabama
Top-ranked Georgia and No. 2 Alabama appear to be on a collision course for the SEC championship game and the College Football Playoff, but No. 10 Auburn stands in the way of both juggernauts. Olin Buchanan takes a look around the Southeastern Conference.
Aggies hope healthy QB Nick Starkel can provide spark, cover flaws
Nick Starkel is back in the starting lineup for Texas A&M, and he deserves the spot. He's played better than counterpart Kellen Mond in recent weeks but comes with his own limitations. Will the change at quarterback make the Aggies any better?
Business as Usual: Sumlin maintaining approach amid swirling rumors
Rumors continue to swirl about Kevin Sumlin's future at Texas A&M, but the Aggie head coach stated on Tuesday that he believes in his approach and will stick to it, letting the chips fall where they may at the end of the season.
Dave South to be honored
10 days ago by Olin Buchanan
Around CFB: Big Ten playoff hopes rest on unchallenged Wisconsin
The college football season is one week into November, and the only Big Ten team with fewer than two losses is Wisconsin. They'll carry the league's College Football Playoff hopes into their toughest stretch of the season. Olin Buchanan runs down the last week of college football.
Aggies just spinning their wheels in too familiar late season slide
Texas A&M and head coach Kevin Sumlin have spent the last several years trying to explain an inability to get traction late in the season. Mired in a growing 2-8 hole against the SEC in the month of November, the way out for the Aggies is clear. It's time for a change.
Post-Game Review: #14 Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27
For most of the first half, the Aggies looked like a team determined to avoid another November slide. Just before the break Auburn stole the momentum, extended its lead and never looked back in handing A&M yet another SEC West loss at Kyle Field.
Aggie Men's Basketball leans on youth to top Tarleton State, 72-46
A rash of suspensions left Texas A&M without four projected starters but gave the Aggies a chance to see what the bench could do in a lopsided exhibition win over Tarleton State. T.J. Starks led A&M with 21 points in the victory.
Aggies look to buck the trend of November disappointments Saturday
The Auburn Tigers come to Kyle Field Saturday morning and the calendar has turned to the uneasy month of November for Aggie fans. For Sumlin and his team to avoid another late season debacle, they must find a way to stop Kerryon Johnson.
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