Sometimes in the game of college football, you have to take the small victories — for the Texas A&M football team, their small victory was actually a huge one. A midseason win over Alabama almost makes the remainder of the season, as disappointing as it was, worth it.
That said, A&M couldn’t put together these types of performances on a consistent basis, causing the team to finish with an unimpressive record.
With a program that started the season ranked in the top six, how do you find the positive after a 2021 season that saw your bowl game canceled and your team barely hold onto ranked status by the end of the season? I’ll show you how.
The Texas A&M football team is part of a very small list of mismatched college football teams
Granted, this isn’t the most hard-hitting article, but I’m trying to find some positives here.
The Aggies’ disappointing season was largely caused by an offense that could not get going throughout the year. It wasn’t due to a lack of playmakers — superstars like Jalen Wydermyer, Isaiah Spiller, Devon Achane, and Kenyon Green lined this team’s depth chart. Still, the quarterback position was not ideal, and injuries complicated things.
The offense stumbled to a below-average year, finishing 71st in the nation in yards per game. As good as the third-ranked scoring defense was, it couldn’t make up for the offense’s shortcomings.
But this Aggie offense played strong enough offense to earn the most impressive win in college football all season long — a victory over the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Perhaps even more impressively, the Tide have only improved since that win.
That win came in 41-38 fashion with a gutsy performance from Zach Calzada that gave Nick Saban his first loss against a former assistant. But more relevantly, this gave Texas A&M a win over one of the four college football playoff teams — something that only two other squads can claim.
The first non-A&M team that can claim this is a top ten 11-2 Michigan State team that is coming off of a win over Pitt in the Peach Bowl. Oh, and MSU did it without its best player and Heisman snub in Kenneth Walker III. State gave the Michigan Wolverines their only loss in a rivalry that seems to be shifting heavily in the Spartans’ favor. Michigan State looked dominant in their bowl game and should move into the top eight in the final AP Poll.
The other team on this list is Alabama, who destroyed an unbeatable-looking Georgia team in the SEC Championship. The Tide’s only loss, obviously, was to Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies.
It’s the dictionary definition of a consolation prize, but A&M can take pride in that they’re part of an elite group.