Had Sherman not been stupid in his play calling, you yourself admit this, than the ags would have probably gone 10-2 and been in talks of being good this year as well.
Davis is good, but not better than Michael. Their oline has 3 first year starters this season while the ags bring back their entire starting 5. 2 of which are first round caliber tackles. Arkansas might have 1 at most start on the aggie line. So that leaves receivers. Swope isn't replaced by anyone on Arkansas roster. EZ probably isn't either. So I'll take one of the Arkansas slots.
That's leaves the qb and one WR. Like i said. I know it doesn't look like it on paper, but name one player outside of davis and Wilson that would start on the aggie offense.... Davis doesn't even count because michael is just as good of not better. This isn't a stretch by any means I don't think. The Aggies are very good at the offensive line and rb positions. Swope is good as well. The offense will surprise people next year with how well they play against sec teams. I'm not saying it will translate to wins, but I think they will be top 2 in yards and scoring in the sec. It's the defense, particularly DT, that will struggle. The ags only have 3 quality players at DT. The 4th quarter will be brutal if teams can play with a lead. This is the reason for sumlins tempo I believe. Score fast and often, make the other team play from behind and throw. The ags are solid at corner and pass rushing DEs.
You're right that I wondered why Sherman didn't run the ball more with a lead (contradicts what Sumlin wants to do as well in case you haven't caught on yet), but hey, that was before I realized A&M had the 3rd best QB in the nation - Top 10 draft pick. Seems Sherman was miles ahead of us on that one. One has to wonder though, Tannehill was so great in the 1st half getting the lead, why couldn't he score in the 2nd half? Yeah I know the Aggie defense didn't make adjustments and got torched in the 2nd half of a lot of games, but why couldn't the Aggie offense continue to score? I'm vexed...
C-Mike better than Knile Davis - I don't think so, but I might if I was an Aggie. Compare the line:
C-Mike in 2011: 149 carries, 920 yards, 8 TD, 6.0 avg (BIG XII known for offense)
Davis in 2010: 204 carries, 1,322 yards, 13 TD, 6.4+ avg (SEC known for defense)
Some interesting stats from Arkansas Spring Media Guide. Arkansas returns players that accounted for 100% passing, 91% of total offensive yards, and 72% rushing yards (none of this includes Davis). O-Line returns 3 starters + Mitch Smothers, a true freshmen that started the first 4 games before injury. He was the first true freshmen to start on the O-Line in UA history. So they actually return 4 starters on the O-Line... Dang you WETSU, once again just throwing things out there like they'll have 3 first year starters. FYI - they all have significant playing experience, it's not like they are incoming freshmen. UA also brings back WRs that have appeared in 136 games with 23 starts headed by Biletnikoff Contender Cobi Hamilton. Their TE is a Mackey Award Candidate as well starting 15 games with 50 catches and over 700 yards.
And no doubt the Aggie O-Line will be better this year with another year experience. But let's not get crazy. The ONLY O-lineman to break the 2011 All BIG XII team was Joeckel on the 2nd Team. C-Mike didn't even make Honorable Mention, but neither did Tannehill, so don't put too much stock into that.
PS - That Davis kid was 2nd team 2010 All SEC Offense along with another RB from Alabama named Ingram. But they're both mediocre at best; SEC is defense country.
Maybe the Arkansas offense can come over and run scout team for your defense.