Texas A&M Football might be out of the SEC championship hunt, but with games remaining against LSU and Georiga, the Aggies have the chance to play spoiler.
Texas A&M Football probably did not envision their best-case scenario for this season as spoiling the playoff hopes of teams down the stretch, but one week into November, that is exactly the case.
With a pair of losses already in conference play, the Aggies are all but certainly out of the SEC championship game hunt. With both LSU and Alabama in their division, this was predictable, but it does not lessen the disappointment.
Now, after their second and final bye week, the Aggies enter the final three game stretch of the season. Next week, it’ll be the South Carolina Gamecocks, fresh off of a home loss to Appalachian State, heading to Kyle Field to take on the Aggies. This should be an easy win for the Aggies, and one that gives them win number seven on the season.
Things get a little more complicated after that, as the Aggies will head to Athens to take on the SEC East-leading Bulldogs, and then to Death Valley to take on LSU, who just beat Alabama resoundingly on the road. The Tigers are arguably the top team in the country and are in a good position to make the College Football Playoff after their win against Alabama. What happens if the Aggies can pull off a major upset in either or both games?
Could the Aggies be the big spoiler?
If Texas A&M were to upset LSU, the Tigers would still play in the SEC Championship game, but they would absolutely need to win that game to make the playoff as a one-loss SEC champion. Sounds easy, but who would they play?
Right now, it would be Georgia facing LSU. If the Aggies could pull off an upset in that game as well, and thus finish the season with an improbable two-game upset streak, then it would be one-loss LSU against two-loss Georgia in the championship game.
Let’s say Georgia pulls off a win. Does the committee view a two-loss SEC champion as a viable playoff team? Probably not. Alabama would make the playoff as the SEC representative, leaving out LSU and Georgia all because of the Aggies.