The Texas A&M Football team will likely be favored in 11 games this season. Barring any sort of disaster, there is only a single team on Jimbo Fisher’s 2021 schedule that will be expected to win against the Aggies. That team is the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Last season, Texas A&M won all of their games outside of the ‘Bama game and as a result, was snubbed from the College Football Playoff. Because of this, there should be extra importance attached to the TAMU-Alabama matchup this season.
The winner gains entrance to the SEC Championship Game and the CFP. Unless you’re Nick Saban — in that case, they’ll probably put you in the playoff anyway.
Does the Texas A&M Football team have a realistic shot of taking down Alabama in its prime?
It’s easy to pin these two programs against one another and say that it’ll make for the game of the year, but nothing I’ve said so far answers the most important question — do the Aggies have an actual shot of knocking out ‘Bama?
Brad Shepard of Bleacher Report seems to think so.
In an article detailing ten realistic upsets that would send the 2021 college football season into chaos, Shepard lists the Aggies as the team that could take down Alabama, shifting the power of college football in an entirely new direction. Here’s something that stuck out from what he said.
"“The biggest competition on UA’s schedule arguably comes on October 9 as fifth-ranked Texas A&M travels to Tuscaloosa for one of the biggest games of the year in the SEC. The Tide must go to the Swamp before that, and Ole Miss, Auburn, and maybe even LSU can provide tests, too.”"
The best part? I don’t even think Shepard fully covered the toughest part of Alabama’s schedule, which happens just before they come to College Station to take on the Aggies. In two of the three weeks prior to the A&M game, ‘Bama will have to take on a tough Florida team and Ole Miss, who dismantled Louisville in their Week 1 matchup.
Underestimating the opponents before the Aggies could ultimately lead to an extremely tired-out Tide team. Remember, this is a squad that replaced ten starters to the National Football League — Saban’s squad doesn’t have the grit and experience of past teams, even if they seem extremely talented.
At the end of the day, anything could happen in this game. We’ve seen A&M pull huge upsets on ‘Bama and we’ve seen the Tide put the Aggies back in their place. As an A&M fan, you’d have to prefer the former.
At the very least, we’ll get an emotionally fueled matchup between two great friends in Fisher and Saban. These two have already exchanged trash talk this offseason and as the season continues, the tension will continue to grow.