Texas A&M football is 5-2 and looking to avoid their recent late-season struggles. Jimbo Fisher and his coaching staff will be a huge difference.
Jimbo Fisher has led the Aggies to a 5-2 record and started 3-1 in conference play in his inaugural season in Aggieland. The big test begins as all eyes will be focused on whether or not the Texas A&M football team can avoid a late-season collapse that has plagued them for several years in a row.
The expectation for Fisher is he’s supposed to be better than the previous regime, and the most obvious comparison will come in this late October-November stretch. Fair or not, that’s the reality.
The players have already been asked about the difference in their bye week this year compared to how Kevin Sumlin ran the show, and they are saying all the right things.
Charles Oliver was asked about it, and said “We still have that feeling like we’re coming back to work, like we still haven’t accomplished what we need to accomplish. That’s what’s different.”
Fullback and 12th Man Cullen Gillaspia said the team has already taken its licks, cleaned up their wounds and is ready to move forward.
“It’s not that feeling [of waiting for the collapse] this year,” Gillaspia said. “We’ve already taken our blows, taken our hits to the chin. We’re moving on.”
We’ve said it all year, but there is a difference to this team. Even though they lost a close one to Clemson and got blown out by Alabama, and had their struggles against Arkansas and Kentucky, it just feels like this team is better prepared to handle the grind of the SEC schedule.
But it’s not just a feeling. There are plenty of reasons to believe A&M will not only avoid a second-half collpase, but they could actually run the table.