Technically speaking, there are safety issues that align with storming the field, but I have a hard-hitting question that could change the landscape of college football as we know it — who cares if teams storm the field?
Okay, maybe not such a hard-hitting question, but a simple one. There is plenty of conversation around potential injuries aligned with storming the field, but have we ever actually seen somebody get injured? Google it — you’ll be hard-pressed to find a strong example of this.
Quite frankly, it’s hard to imagine an unranked Texas A&M football team beating an undefeated No. 1 Alabama football team that is on a 19-game winning streak and not storming the field. It makes sense that they had to fine the Aggies, but this is somewhat of a money grab by the SEC.
Should the Texas A&M football team avoid storming the field in the future?
If I could simply write “no” under this question, I would.
That said, the journalistic gods would look down on me with disgust if I did that. Instead, I’m going to explain why storming the field was the right move.
For starters, the Aggies just beat the odds. Not just the literal odds, which had them losing by three scores, but a handful of other odds. These included the fact that Nick Saban was 24-0 against his former assistants before Saturday night, with a resume that included impressive wins against top ten teams, College Football Playoff teams, and hall of fame head coaches.
Heck, the Tide hadn’t even trailed in a game dating back to early in the 2020 season. A large portion of the players on ‘Bama’s team had never tasted defeat until they came up against the Texas Aggies this past weekend.
The Aggies also entered the game as another unranked team that was set to lose against Alabama. Prior to this contest, ‘Bama had taken down over 100 straight unranked squads. If we’re being honest, this stat alone made the Aggies’ hopes of an upset seem nearly impossible.
I’m saying all of this to make a simple point — if you beat all of those odds, you rush the field. Look at this video of Seth Small’s family, who may have started the field rushing.
You simply cannot watch this video and say that Texas A&M deserved a $100,000 fine.
Hopefully, Texas A&M can build off of the momentum that they gained from defeating Alabama and finish the year strong. They do have two losses already, but the team’s outlook looks much brighter after this one.