Texas A&M Football: Why Ole Miss is the biggest game of the year

Clifford Chattman, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Clifford Chattman, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M football team will get their well-awaited bye week after eight straight weekends of football. To the surprise of many, the Aggies will enter the bye week at 6-2.

If you recently got out of a coma from the start of the season, you may be a bit disappointed in the Aggies’ performance. That said, if you got out of a coma from just before Texas A&M’s Week 6 matchup, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. That’s a testament to the type of bounce-back season that Jimbo Fisher has led his team into.

But the second half of the Aggies’ schedule will not be forgiving. After knocking off Alabama, Missouri, and South Carolina, Texas A&M will head down the stretch with games against Auburn, Ole Miss, and LSU.

One of these games stands above the rest.

The Texas A&M football team’s November contest against Ole Miss could have serious implications

As things stand, the Texas A&M football team’s chances of making it to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta are very thin. With two conference losses already marked to their name, the Aggies are not in control of their own destiny.

That said, they will have a say in what goes down in the SEC West. Here’s how.

For starters, there are three teams that absolutely have to lose if Texas A&M wants to go to Atlanta. Those three teams are Alabama, Auburn, and Ole Miss, the only one-loss squads remaining in this division of the Southeastern Conference. The Aggies already did what they could against Alabama, knocking off the Crimson Tide in one of the biggest wins that any team has experienced this season.

This dropped Alabama one step closer to losing their position in the title game.

But the Aggies still have some work to do against Ole Miss, one of the other teams standing in their way. Thankfully, Jimbo Fisher will get a chance to do this against the Rebels on November 13th, around three weeks from today.

If they can knock off the Rebels and if the Crimson Tide lose, the Aggies will have as good of a say as any to represent the SEC West in the conference championship game. That said, there are a lot of ifs involved and I’m about to give you one more.

The Texas A&M football team would also benefit from beating the Auburn Tigers, who currently sit in front of them in the SEC West, even with fewer wins. Auburn currently holds a tie-breaker against TAMU, but that could change, even without a Texas A&M win. The Aggies’ contest against Auburn doesn’t hold nearly as much importance as that against Ole Miss.

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The Aggies do not control their own destiny, but they can make it an interesting race to the SEC Championship Game.