Texas A&M Football: Why Georgia is in the CFP and A&M wasn’t last year

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The College Football Playoff might be a sore subject for Texas A&M football fans. The Aggies were snubbed after a 9-1 2020 season that saw their only loss come to the eventual national champions in the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The same ‘Bama program is currently playing in the College Football Playoff as the top-seeded team.

The Aggies, on the other hand, have been sidelined during the playoff for the last two years. This season, the team fell short due to lackluster offense. That said, the 2020 season could have seen the Aggies join the competition.

Why was the Texas A&M football team snubbed if the Georgia Bulldogs made the 2021 College Football Playoff?

There are a few upsetting things about this year’s College Football Playoff but for Aggies fans, one should rise above the rest. That one thing is that a one-loss Georgia team that got embarrassed by Alabama made it in as the third-seeded team.

If “one-loss team with an embarrassing loss to Alabama” sounds familiar, that’s probably because that perfectly describes A&M’s resume from a year ago.

In fact, this becomes even more infuriating when you consider the context. In college football, we often hear about how timing matters. That was proven to mean nothing this year, when Georgia was, for lack of a better term, spanked by Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs lost by multiple scores, as A&M did a year ago.

What should matter here is the fact that Texas A&M’s loss was early in the season — Jimbo Fisher’s team had clearly taken huge strides for the remainder of the season. Georgia in 2021, on the other hand, showed its flaws just before the playoff.

Timing has been used by the College Football Playoff committee as an excuse in the past, so why didn’t it apply here?

Some would argue that Georgia’s dominance before this game should count for something, but couldn’t the same be said about A&M last year? The Aggies won the remainder of their games that season, all but one by at least nine points. That one exception was a 41-38 win over 4th-ranked Florida.

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But back to the title of this article — if you’re looking for a reason, I can’t give you one. The closest thing that I can find to a reason is the fact that Georgia played in two more football games this season than Texas A&M did in 2020.