Texas A&M Football: 5 reasons Aggies can contend in year one

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Texas A&M football has a tough schedule and went through a coaching change, but here’s why they can contend in Jimbo Fisher’s first year

When Texas A&M decided to hire Jimbo Fisher away from a program he won a national title with, giving him a massive 10-year, $75 million contract that is fully guaranteed, they set the bar high for expectations.

Many were quick to criticize the deal, saying it put too much pressure on the coach taking over a program that has rarely contended for national championships.

Make no mistake about it: the goal for Texas A&M football is to win a national title. That can be the only goal when you give a coach that much money to leave a powerhouse program like Florida State.

A&M certainly has facilities and booster money advantages over Florida State, plus Fisher has ties to athletic director Scott Woodward, but the Aggies have rarely been on the same level as the Seminoles in their respective football histories.

That can change.

Aggie fans are starving for sustained success. We have yet to see it this decade. Yes, Sumlin had nothing but winning seasons, but their national title hopes were always dashed in early November.

The early grade on Fisher has been A+. He instituted some culture changes regarding practices and seems to pay attention to every single detail. These are not things Sumlin was known for. Fisher has also had success on the recruiting trail and got the fan base energized for the Spring Game, setting an attendance record for the school.

He has yet to coach a regular season game yet, though. Nothing matters until results show up on the field. I’m here to tell you five reasons Fisher and his Aggies can be national title contenders in his first year.