Texas A&M Football: Mississippi State is a trap game for the Aggies

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At this point in Jimbo Fisher’s tenure, the Texas A&M football team has reached a point where any finish outside of the top-15 will be considered a rough season. After finishing 4th in the final AP Poll of the 2020-21 season, the bar is set extremely high.

And in the SEC, arguably the best conference in college football, there is little to no room for error.

Taking a look at Texas A&M’s 2021-22 Football schedule, the first thing that will pop out is an October 9th matchup in College Station on the Aggies’ home turf. This will be the game that players, fans, and media look forward to for the entirety of the season.

No matter what happens, this will remain the Aggies’ most important game of the season.

Last year, a loss in Tuscaloosa resulted in a missed College Football Playoff appearance for the Texas A&M Football team, even though they had one of the top resumes in the game. This is why the game against the reigning national champions is so important.

The Texas A&M Football team may be caught gazing ahead on their schedule

This is where things get tricky though. Last year, the Aggies had an easy opponent in Vanderbilt before they went on to play ‘Bama. It should have been an easy win but TAMU was tripped up, almost dropping a game to a clearly inferior team.

In 2021, they’ll have an even tougher opponent the week before they face the Crimson Tide. In fact, even though Mississippi State doesn’t look great on paper, they have one of the best coaches in the conference, so this is a Bulldogs team that shouldn’t be overlooked.

This would be what we in the biz refer to as a “trap game.”

On a more serious note though, this is a trap game for the Aggies. Last year, they struggled with their opponent just before facing Alabama and there’s no reason to believe that this year will be any different.

In all likelihood, Jimbo Fisher’s squad will be entering their matchup against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 4-0, with an inflated ego. They’ll face a Bulldogs team that was still adjusting to a new head coach in 2020 and has 16 returning starters, including a promising quarterback, wideout, and defensive unit.

The Aggies should win this game but it may not be as close as some fans are hoping for.