Why it might be time for Texas A&M football fans to start panicking

Zach Calzada, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Calzada, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

The College Football Playoff committee was not kind to the Texas A&M football team. Upon first glance, nobody will complain about being ranked No. 14, especially considering that the Aggies were the second-highest-ranked two-loss team in the country.

At the end of the day, it was warranted. The Aggies didn’t look like the first two-loss College Football Playoff team of all-time with just a single quality win and two bad losses. The entire college football world was wondering if it was a fluke

The Aggies proved that it wasn’t against Auburn. Prior to their big win against the Tigers, A&M was ranked below Auburn in both the AP Poll and College Football Playoff Rankings.

The Texas A&M football team’s performance against Auburn should not be taken lightly

This isn’t the case of a stingy two-loss team that is simply inconsistent — Texas A&M has been an entirely different squad in the second half of the season.

Yes, it was hard to get over the hurdle that this team’s offense was below-average and the defense wasn’t anything to call home about, but they proved that those were nothing but excuses on Saturday.

The Aggies’ defense was sitting outside of the top-25 in scoring last week. After allowing just 226 yards and three points, they’re now the second-best scoring defense in the country. They did it against a top-15 SEC team.

The only better defense is Georgia’s who, granted, has a very wide lead. Still, the Aggies’ defense is separating itself at the perfect time.

Will the Texas A&M football team’s recent prowess show up in the second CFP Rankings? If not, it’s time to panic.

In short — probably not. It’s clear that the committee does not value quality wins as highly as they value bad losses. Again, Texas A&M can try to prove itself by beating Ole Miss and LSU to finish the year, but if this win against Auburn doesn’t move them up, it might be time to start panicking as an Aggie football fan.

In my eyes, and in any logical person’s eyes, this Texas A&M football team proved itself against Auburn. A 17-point win against one of the best teams in the country will do that.

But the more the committee seemingly disrespects the Aggies, the closer you should get to hitting that panic button. If wins against two top-15 teams in Auburn and Ole Miss can’t move you up in the CFP Rankings, the only way to prove yourself will be to defeat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

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A&M is still unlikely to even reach Atlanta.