Implication No. 2: The Texas A&M football team can still be competitive
Unfortunately, the Aggies’ two conference losses still have them near the bottom of the SEC West. They do not “control their own destiny” in this situation. That said, there is good news.
For starters, they just knocked off the only undefeated team remaining in their division. Even though they’ll still be fighting an uphill battle, a world of possibilities just opened up for the Aggies. They’ll likely still fail to qualify for the SEC title game, but at least it seems like there’s a chance now.
There are four teams with a single loss in the division — it’s not far-fetched to think that this division is up for grabs this season.
We also learned that the Aggies are still competitive. Granted, it never felt like they were a terrible team, but it seemed like the offense was so cripplingly bad that they’d never be able to keep up with the best programs in the country. That primarily included Alabama and Georgia, the class of the SEC.
That said, A&M accumulated 379 total yards of offense, most of which came in the first half. That said, their first-half offense was dominant enough to keep them in the game against the top-ranked team in the country. They scored 41 points against Alabama — I’d say that’s good enough.
Even in the long term, this is a great sign for the program. Tricky injury-related circumstances caused them to drop two games early, but by beating ‘Bama, Jimbo Fisher announced that his team wasn’t going anywhere.