A Heisman Trophy winner, an 11-2 season, and a projected Top 10 ranking to start the 2013 season are all big things for Texas A&M less than a year after officially joining the SEC, but what the school has planned next is even bigger.
The Houston Chronicle and others have published leaked information showing the planned $425 million expansion that the Aggies have in mind for their football stadium Kyle Field, and the makeover is designed to make a splash, not just to Texas A&M fans, but to the rest of their new conference brethren - while thumbing their nose to in-state nemesis Texas - as well.
Reports last fall indicated that the expansion would push the stadium to an official capacity of 103,500, which would make Tennessee's Neyland Stadium - with an official capacity of 102,455 - second in the SEC.
The Chronicle's report said that no one would comment on the record about the designs, but that the renderings, seen in their entirety here, were accurate.
Current SEC stadium official capacities
Tennessee Neyland Stadium 102,455
Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium 101,821
Georgia Sanford Stadium 92,746
LSU Tiger Stadium 92,542
Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 88,548
Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium 87,451
Texas A&M Kyle Field 82,600
South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium 80,250
Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium 76,000*
Missouri Faurot Field 71,004
Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium 67,606
Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway Stadium 60,580
Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium 55,082
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Stadium 39,790
*Note: Arkansas also plays some games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, where the capacity is 53,727