Texas A&M football: 4 takeaways from close loss to Clemson

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Texas A&M football fought hard but came up just short against No. 2 Clemson; here are some thoughts after the two-point heartbreaker.

No one gave them a chance, but Texas A&M football is the talk of college football this morning even after losing a close one to the Clemson Tigers.

Clemson came into Kyle Field a heavy betting favorite. The line opened around 13-13.5, depending on where you looked, and it hovered around 12-13 by kickoff. Being a double digit favorite in a place like Kyle Field speaks to the talent level of Clemson. They have been a dominant team for the last few seasons.

The Tigers are being picked by many to make the final four for the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season. They are a well-respected team with elite talent all over the field. The Aggies went toe-to-toe with a juggernaut.

There were many things to like about Texas A&M’s performance, and a couple of errors that may have cost them the game (more on this later).

The one main overarching takeaway from this game is the Aggies proved they have the ability to compete with the best college football has to offer. Even in a loss, they sent a message to the rest of the opponents on their schedule. The Aggies and Jimbo Fisher are ready to compete in year one.

If it weren’t for a couple missed field goals and a blown call by the refs, A&M might have actually pulled off the upset.

With that, here are four takeaways from the 28-26 loss to Clemson.