Texas A&M Football most important game, No. 1: Alabama
Yeah, this one was about as obvious as they come. One could make the argument that every single team in the SEC, even those without the Tide on their 12-game regular-season slate, should have ‘Bama circled as their most important matchup. Nick Saban has made his program that dominant.
Last year, Texas A&M finished the year at 9-1 with a single loss to ‘Bama. Pretty good, right?
Unfortunately, their single loss to Alabama kept them from the SEC Championship Game and the College Football Playoff, the team’s two primary goals. That’s the downside to being in the same division as the most dominant college football dynasty of all time.
The Aggies have just a single win against the Tide since joining the SEC in 2012. In the Jimbo Fisher era, they haven’t managed to come within a scoring margin of any less than 21 points. It hasn’t been competitive.
This time around, Texas A&M has to be competitive. Even if they don’t win the game, their only chance of still making the CFP would be to have a convincing loss. Convincing enough to make the committee believe that they could knock off Nick Saban if both teams gained entrance to the playoff.
It’s never smart to downplay the rest of the season, but the importance of this game cannot be understated. Unfortunately, this will be Texas A&M’s first true test outside of Mississippi State. With two young rosters, let’s hope Jimbo Fisher has his first-year starters readier.