Takeaway No. 3: The Texas A&M football team crossed a clear threshold
For the sake of being positive, I’m making my third takeaway something that will leave fans optimistic for next season. The idea here is that the Aggies crossed a threshold that they only passed once before. It would have been nice to get double-digit wins and cross a College Football Playoff-oriented threshold, but this consolation isn’t bad.
I’m talking about the Alabama threshold.
For those who are behind, the Texas A&M football team beat Alabama. Granted, this year’s Alabama team looks like a whisper of those in years past, but sometimes it’s not about on-field talent. In fact, in hindsight, the Aggies had no business competing with the Tide in that football game.
As a result, A&M’s 41-38 win should give Aggie fans hope for the future. This Aggie team didn’t just beat Alabama — they beat Alabama with more injuries than you could count. Okay — technically speaking, you could count them, but where’s the fun in that?
Next year, Jimbo Fisher will look to lead an injury-free squad into an albeit more difficult scenario in Tuscaloosa. If this team takes a few steps forward and can stay healthy, what is stopping them from knocking off the Tide and continuing the dream season toward the playoff?
Even though it wasn’t the step forward that Aggie fans were hoping for, this football team showed an entirely new dimension in 2021. Embrace it.