Texas A&M Football: Is A&M vs. Alabama the next great CFB rivalry?

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The Texas A&M football team walked onto Kyle Field on Saturday night and swept the floor with the South Carolina Gamecocks. The contest, which finished 44-14 in favor of the Aggies, was even more of a blowout than the final score would indicate.

Garbage time stats made South Carolina’s performance look better than it was. After the third quarter, Texas A&M held a 41-0 lead, outgaining the Gamecocks 463-30. South Carolina managed just two first downs to that point. It was a dominating win.

This was Texas A&M’s second consecutive blowout win, as they were coming off the heels of a 35-14 victory over Missouri. After a rough start in the 2021 season, the Aggies seem to be destroying everybody in their path.

In fact, in recent weeks, only one team has kept it close.

Is the Alabama vs. Texas A&M football series destined to become one of the better rivalries in the game?

I’m not saying Texas A&M is unbeatable by any stretch of the imagination — the Aggies already lost two games to teams that are now unranked. That said, when it comes to sheer talent and coaching, there may only be one team in the SEC who can keep up with Jimbo Fisher.

That team is Alabama and Nick Saban is their head coach.

I also don’t want to come off like I’m overreacting to a single win — we’ve seen Alabama drop games to teams that are clearly inferior in the past. It’s college football; it happens. Still, for the first time in recent memory, somebody out-coached Nick Saban. That somebody was Jimbo Fisher.

The two coaches are good friends and even took jabs at each other this offseason.

As things stand, Fisher is the only former Nick Saban assistant to defeat his former boss — a feat that should not be taken lightly. To me, this indicates that Fisher may be the first guy to come around who has a killer mentality that will allow for an interesting series between him and Saban.

The jury is still out on whether or not Fisher can bring his team to be a consistent contender like Alabama. That said, the Aggie head coach has made one thing clear — he’s not going to roll over for Alabama, no matter what the circumstances may be.

At the very least, Fisher can become one of those pesty coaches who always gives another successful coach a hard time. We’ve seen it happen to ‘Bama before in the Iron Bowl, with Auburn and ‘Bama splitting each of the last four contests 2-2.

Why can’t Jimbo Fisher do the same at Texas A&M?

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This will be a storyline to keep an eye on throughout Fisher’s tenure. If he takes down Nick Saban again next year, things could start to heat up.