Texas A&M Football: 3 implications of colossal upset over No. 1 Alabama

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The Texas A&M football team did what virtually nobody expected them to do — they beat the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

The list of reasons why this shouldn’t happen is endless. ‘Bama hadn’t lost to an unranked team in over 100 games, Nick Saban had never lost to a former assistant, and the Tide hadn’t even trailed in a game since 15 contests ago.

Texas A&M defied all of those odds in a single night. And with a huge victory like this come implications, three of which I’m going to discuss today.

Implication No. 1: The Texas A&M football HC Jimbo Fisher is a different breed

There are a lot of reasons why Jimbo Fisher is a great coach. In a couple of years at Texas A&M, he has created a culture of winning that hasn’t been seen in College Station in nearly a century. He had brought the best talent that this program has ever seen to the roster on a yearly basis.

That said, on Saturday night, he gave us another reason to worship him.

In 24 previous contests against coaches from Nick Saban’s coaching tree — meaning players who coached under him — Saban took home a win in every single contest. He had a 24-0 record, including a victory in each contest. Even more jarringly, he had a 4-0 record against Jimbo Fisher, which is the most wins he has against any individual assistant.

In this year’s matchup, things changed.

Jimbo Fisher finally did the impossible in beating his former boss, which puts him on another level among legendary coaches like Mark Dantonio, Kirby Smart, and Will Muschamp.