Yesterday, I published a post about how the Texas A&M football team could sneak into the AP Top-10 without even winning a game. Currently, the Aggies are on a bye week, so their own performance cannot have a part in this.
Thankfully, the Aggies put together a flawless resume in the three weeks leading up to this game. They knocked off the top-ranked team in the country in Alabama before marching into Columbia, Missouri and dismantling the Tigers 35-14. They’d head home and pull another dominant victory over South Carolina the next week.
So even with an upcoming by week, the Aggies could sneak up in the AP Poll. Here’s how.
The dominos are starting to fall to land the Texas A&M football team in the AP Top-10
As things stand, the Texas A&M football team finds itself ranked 14th in the latest AP Poll. They’re the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country and one of the hottest overall squads. Nobody will deny either of those things. But how can they be the first two-loss top ten team?
For starters, Texas A&M’s case for entering the top ten relied fully on other teams ahead of them losing. Guess what’s happening?
Already, two teams ahead of the Aggies in the AP Poll have lost football games — No. 6 Michigan lost to No. 8 Michigan State, while No. 9 Iowa took a brutal loss to Wisconsin. This gives the Texas A&M football team space to move upwards.
Later today, there are four more games that could see teams ranked ahead of A&M lose. The first of those games involve 10th-ranked Ole Miss against 18th-ranked Auburn, which is a contest that has serious implications for Jimbo Fisher’s team and the SEC standings.
In the same time slot, the next game that we’ll see that could help the Aggies is between 12th-ranked Kentucky and Mississippi State, a game that could be one of the best of the week. If Kentucky loses, the Aggies will slide up.
The North Carolina Tarheels will challenge a vulnerable 11th-ranked Notre Dame squad, giving A&M another chance to jump. Then, 20th-ranked Penn State will take on a 5th-ranked Ohio State team that could drop to two losses if they don’t take care of business.
If even just two of the aforementioned teams lose, the Aggies should make the four-spot jump into the top ten. This will be a storyline to watch for the remainder of this Saturday.
It’ll be a hectic day of football and the Aggies might just benefit from the madness.