The Texas A&M football team was seemingly dead in the water after a 26-22 loss against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. It was the worst kind of defeat, as the Aggies simply looked like the worse team on the day.
Hope seemed lost.
But just when it seemed like the Texas A&M football team’s season was over, they stepped on their home field and got the biggest Aggie win in recent memory. Heck, this is arguably the best full football game for A&M since a Johnny Manziel-squad took down another top-ranked Alabama team in 2012.
And with this well-played performance under their belt, the Aggies earned a handful of recognition on the week.
The Texas A&M football team earned two awards for their Week 6 performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide
The first of the two awards won by Jimbo Fisher’s squad wasn’t necessarily for the squad at all — it was for Fisher. Fisher would win the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award, given to the best coach in college football on any individual week. Here’s more on the award.
"The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors a football coach who led his team to a significant victory during the previous week, while also embodying the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity."
Simplified — just be a good coach. In fact, I’d make the argument that more often than not, the coaches who win this award are lacking in integrity. Jokes aside, Jimbo Fisher coached a great week of football, and if he didn’t deserve a Coach of the Week honor, who does?
The second award wasn’t so specific, though there were more individual awards on the week, including an SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor for Tyree Johnson, an SEC Offensive Player of the Week award for Zach Calzada, and an SEC Special Teams Player of the Week award for Devon Achane.
The next important award was a National Team of the Week award… okay, I left out a little bit of the name. It’s technically the Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week award, but that’s not quite as catchy.
Still, this is a valuable award for the Texas A&M football team, who took down the Alabama Crimson Tide in a 41-38 dogfight. The award is handed out by the FWAA — the Football Writers Association of America and it’s the seventh time the Aggies have been honored with it. Here’s more information on that, according to FWAA.
"This is the seventh time for Texas A&M (4-2) to earn this honor from the FWAA. A near identical kick – a 26-yard last-second field goal by Small in this same weekend (Oct. 10) last season – earned the Aggies the FWAA’s weekly honor after they toppled No. 4 Florida at Kyle Field, ironically by the same 41-38 score. The Aggies’ last honor prior to that came in 2014. All Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected."
Texas A&M will look to build off of this momentum moving forward. Hopefully, this is not a sign that they’ll end up in the Cheez-It Bowl this year.