The Texas A&M Aggies are close to contending. Jimbo Fisher’s team finishing 2019 with an 8-5 record doesn’t help that argument, but consider the losses they took; Three were road games at Clemson, Georgia and LSU, plus two home games were against Auburn and Alabama. All five teams were ranked in the top-10 at the time, with three matchups against the No. 1 team in college football.
The fourth- and sixth-ranked recruiting classes the last two years solidify the 2020 roster. Senior quarterback Kellen Mond brings 34 starts and almost 9,000 yards of total offense to the table entering his final season. All told, the Aggies return their leading passer, rusher, receiver and eight of their top ten tacklers from last year.
The time is now for Texas A&M to take that next step in the SEC West.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Aggies are projected to go 9-3 with their current schedule, pending any conflicts or changes that arise from the coronavirus pandemic. A&M is favored in every game except for road tilts against the Auburn Tigers (29.5 percent chance to win) and Alabama Crimson Tide (13.5 percent), as well as a 37.5 percent confidence in knocking off the LSU Tigers, the defending College Football Playoff national champion.
More importantly, the final two games on Texas A&M’s schedule will make-or-break the Southeastern Conference’s streak of dominating the College Football Playoff.
On November 21, Texas A&M travels to Alabama where Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide will be deep into their revenge tour. If the Aggies survive to this point, there is a serious possibility we’d have an undefeated SEC matchup in late November. Holy shit.
The very next week, Ed Orgeron’s LSU Tigers visit Aggieland. Depending on where these teams are positioned, one will be contending for an SEC West division title, while the other hopes to spoil a potential playoff berth.
No matter how those final regular season games shake out, the closing stretch in the College Football Playoff chase will run through College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M Football Schedule 2020
Sept. 5: ABILENE CHRISTIAN
Sept. 12: NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 19: COLORADO
Sept. 26: Arkansas* (Southwest Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX)
Oct. 3: at Mississippi State* (Starkville, MS)
Oct. 10: FRESNO STATE
Oct. 17: at Auburn* (Auburn, AL)Advertisement
Oct. 24: at South Carolina* (Columbia, SC)
Nov. 7: OLE MISS*
Nov. 14: VANDERBILT*
Nov. 21: at Alabama* (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Nov. 28: LSU*
* — denotes SEC game
ALL CAPS — denotes home game at Kyle Field