Texas A&M Football: 3 implications of Aggies’ placement in Week 9 AP Poll

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After rising as high as the fifth spot in the AP Poll, the Texas A&M football team lost a pair of games. This sent them tumbling down for two consecutive weeks before they dropped out of the AP Top-25 entirely.

A win against Alabama would send them back into the ranks of the best teams in the country, landing the Aggies at the 21st spot. They’d beat Missouri convincingly, and with a handful of losses ahead of them in the Poll, A&M moved up to the 17th spot.

This week, the Aggies took another step forward following a dominant victory over South Carolina, sending them all the way up the 14th in the poll. Along with this jump comes a handful of implications.

Implication No. 1: The Texas A&M football team is one of the hottest squads in the country

It sounds weird to say — just a few weeks ago, we were talking about how this might be a throwaway season for the Aggies. With a two-game losing streak coming at the hands of two teams that are now unranked, things looked bleak.

Somehow, in just a three-week span, things have done a full 180. The Aggies kicked things off with a huge upset win against Alabama. This was a strong victory, but many fans thought it was a fluke.

Jimbo Fisher would prove those people wrong by recording a dominating victory against Missouri in 35-14 fashion. He’d head home the next weekend and take South Carolina to the cleaners. Because the fourth quarter was not competitive, the numbers don’t look as bad as they were. That said, A&M completely dismantled the Gamecocks.

So with a win over one of the best teams in the country and two blowout wins over middling SEC teams, the Aggies have become one of the hottest teams in the country. This is even more evident based on their 14th ranking in the AP Poll, something that seemed out of reach not long ago.