The Texas A&M football team finally had a soul-crushing loss. Even after two losses already on the year, there was always a small chance that this squad could sneak into the College Football Playoff. A&M was a single Alabama loss and a few wins for themselves away from representing the SEC West in the SEC Championship Game.
Now, all of those goals are virtually impossible. This one was the nail in the coffin.
Perhaps the worst part about the game is that it didn’t really feel like Texas A&M was the worse team that night. I won’t sit here and list excuses, but a couple of dropped passes by Demond Demas set this team back significantly.
After this depressing loss, how can Texas A&M football fans find purpose in the remainder of the 2021 season?
There is a large portion of this Texas A&M football fanbase that will feel hugely disappointed after a loss against Ole Miss. If you’re one of those people, it’s absolutely warranted — this team had the talent, coaching, and scheduling to allow for its first-ever College Football Playoff appearance. You can say anything, but all of that will hold true.
So instead of dwelling on the fact that the Aggies will not be in the College Football Playoff, think of the remainder of this season as a hype year for A&M’s eventual run at the playoff next season. With Haynes King back, Zach Calzada in improved form, and five-star freshman Conner Weigman entering the QB competition, the Aggies will have improved play under center.
They’ll likely lose a few key contributors like Isaiah Spiller, Kenyon Green, and Jalen Wydermyer, but a handful of guys have shown that they can step in and play up to the level of their predecessors. Just look at Devon Achane, who had A&M on his back against Ole Miss, racking up 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 12 carries. Those are video game numbers.
In fact, Achane has more rushing touchdowns and seems to be creeping up in terms of total yardage. Heck, Achane ranked second in the nation in yards per carry before the Ole Miss game. There aren’t updated stats from today’s games, but Achane could very well be atop the list when they are updated.
But without diving too deep into each specific, I’m going to get back to the point of this article — there are a million reasons to continue to watch, support, and enjoy the Texas A&M football team in 2021, and only two reasons not to. If you can’t appreciate this team, even at a low point, you may not be a true fan.
A&M is just getting started and 2021 has been a preview of what’s to come. This program is in great hands under Jimbo Fisher, and with the team presumably set to be at full health in 2021, the SEC should be trembling.