Here’s why the altitude of Colorado won’t affect the Texas A&M Football team

Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M Football team doesn’t have the most difficult schedule in college football. Even though they do play Alabama, who looks like they haven’t missed a step from their 2020-21 Nation Championship season, the rest of the docket doesn’t contain a single matchup that A&M should lose.

Still, after a strong start, there will be plenty of challenges along the way. One of those challenges will come as early as Week 2 when A&M heads to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

For a few reasons, this game is thought of as one that could trip up the Texas A&M Football team. The Buffaloes are known as a school that knows how to pull an upset, as the unique environment in Boulder makes for a tricky challenge.

Specifically, the altitude of the city of Boulder, where Folsom Field is located, is among the highest of any city in the country. As a result, it’s easier to lose your breath and footballs often travel further than usual. The only team in the country that is used to this type of altitude is Colorado, who will be hosting the Aggies.

Texas A&M Football HC Jimbo Fisher says the altitude won’t be a problem for his football team

While analysts and fans may be concerned about this altitude, Jimbo Fisher hasn’t shown an inkling of nervousness about it. Here’s what he said when asked about the altitude in his weekly presser on Monday.

"“I’ve taken teams to altitude a number of times and never had an issue. We’ll have oxygen if guys need some air. Sometimes players will have a condition that affects them, but most of the time, it’s not a factor.”"

This is the extend of Fisher talking about the altitude, which should bring comfort to fans who have been worries about it. The head coach also makes note of oxygen for players who may need air, which is regular for opposing teams to take advantage of while they’re playing the Buffaloes.

Beyond this, the Texas A&M Football team has a much more talented roster and an objectively better coaching staff than Colorado. Even if the altitude played a factor, it would likely trim the scoring margin as opposed to opening the door for an upset.

Still, it would be stupid to rule this out as a trap game, especially this early on in the season with a seemingly turnover-prone offensive unit for A&M.

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For now, all the Aggies can do is continue to prepare and work on their craft. If they’re able to continue their momentum from the second half of their Week 2 matchup against Kent State, this could be another game that gets ugly.