How the Texas A&M football team can still find meaning in the 2021 season

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The Texas A&M football team’s dream season under Jimbo Fisher has already been delayed. The Aggies have two losses on the year. Their goal on the season was to make the College Football Playoff, which is likely off of the table.

But it’s not just the total in the loss column, it’s how this team has lost and who they have lost to. With all due respect to Arkansas and Mississippi State, both of the Aggies’ losses have come as a result of poor offensive play by Jimbo Fisher’s team. There have been a handful of injuries and the star players of the squad haven’t been stepping up enough to make up for those injuries.

That said, this team can still salvage some value out of this year.

Here’s how the Texas A&M football team can find meaning in a disappointing season

Sure, as a Texas A&M football fan, you’ve likely spent the entire offseason dreaming about your team’s first College Football Playoff appearance. Heck, even if you didn’t knock off ‘Bama this season, who was going to beat you?

But let’s pump the brakes for a moment.

Texas A&M isn’t a powerhouse football program — not yet, at least. The team’s nine wins last season were the most since Johnny Manziel was around in 2013. This is still a program that has had only a single season with double-digit wins this century.

And double-digit wins can be a very realistic goal this season.

After the Aggies take on Alabama in a nothing-to-lose type of matchup, they should see the return of their starter in Haynes King. Once King is back, there isn’t a single game on Texas A&M’s schedule that shouldn’t be considered winnable for this team.

With King back under center, the offense will be serviceable again. I won’t sit here and act like King is going to win the Heisman Trophy or anything — still, having a dual-threat quarterback taking snaps will give this team a gigantic boost. That shouldn’t be undersold.

After the return of King, Texas A&M should simply look to build momentum toward next season. If they can manage ten wins on the year, it’ll be just their second time reaching that total this century. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a pretty successful season to me. If the Aggies finish strong in 2021, they can start hot in 2022.

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It’ll be a humbling year, but it could go a long way for this team’s success down the road.