No. 10 is the 1941 Cotton Bowl
This bowl game had a chance to be higher on the list had the Aggies beaten Texas on Thanksgiving. The loss eliminated the chances of back to back national championships. Several people probably do not know that Fordham was coached by Jim Crowley. Crowley was one of the famed Notre Dame Four Horseman.
This was also the first time the Cotton Bowl was sold out. The Aggies would win 13-12 led by All-American John Kimbrough. Fordham’s game tying extra point was blocked with 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Rams never threatened in the game again.
The Aggies would finish 9-1, the AP poll had the Aggies No. 8 before the poll game. The AP did not start releasing a post-bowl poll until 1968.
No. 9 is the 1995 Alamo Bowl
The Aggies’ appearance in this game was a major disappointment. This was supposed to be a year to contended for a national championship. The Aggies would lose three times after opening the season No. 3 in the country.
The bowl game was again the first sellout in history. Kyle Bryant would be the hero for the Aggies kicking a record five field goals in the 22-20 win. Michigan would score late to make the game and result closer, but the story besides Bryant was the Aggie defense.
The Aggies would finish 9-3 and ranked No. 15 in the final AP and coaches polls.