Texas A&M Football: Why Jimbo Fisher won’t have another 8-win season

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The Texas A&M football team has done everything right in recent years. The program hired one of the best active coaches in college football in 2017 when they poached Jimbo Fisher from the Florida State Seminoles. That coach has recruited at an extremely high level, bringing in the greatest class in the history of college football for the 2022 season. This would continue his streak of having a top ten recruiting class in every season that he’s been at the helm in College Station.

But for a coach with elite recruiting, Fisher hasn’t seen the on-field results that many have expected. Here’s what Texas A&M’s results have looked like in each season under Jimbo Fisher.

  • 2018: 9-4
  • 2019: 8-5
  • 2020: 9-1
  • 2021: 8-4

For most programs, those numbers would be adequate. That said, Texas A&M fans expect a national championship out of Fisher. National media, however, looks to be giving up on the Aggie head coach, pegging him as a guy who will never be able to reach double-digit victories in a conference led by Alabama and Georgia, two teams that faced off in the 2021-22 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

The Texas A&M football team is not likely to repeat as a single-digit-win team with Jimbo Fisher in charge

Many college football fans have already given up on Jimbo Fisher. After all, the Aggie head coach’s biggest accomplishment in four years at the program is a second-place finish in the SEC West and an Orange Bowl win. Doesn’t sound very convincing — here’s why it should be.

The Texas A&M football team has shown steady improvement from year to year. With injuries, unfavorable scheduling, and untimely Covid-19 complications, that may be hard to see. I can assure you that those are real reasons.

The Aggies had a 9-1 year in a shortened season in 2020 which ultimately resulted in A&M being the first team left out of the College Football Playoff. Can anyone remember the last one-loss SEC team to be left out of the College Football Playoff? Probably not, because it hasn’t happened outside of A&M in 2020-21 — like, ever.

A&M’s only loss that year came in a blowout loss against Alabama. Sound familiar? That’s probably because the 2021-22 College Football Playoff National Champion Georgia Bulldogs had a single regular-season loss by multiple touchdowns to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The only differentiating variables here are conference alignment and scheduling.

Poor luck plays a bigger factor here than most college football fans are willing to admit.

The Texas A&M football team also had a roster that could have contended for a national championship in 2021. Without a healthy Haynes King, however, it was impossible for the team to create consistent offense.  Make no mistake — this was a misstep by Jimbo Fisher, who should have had multiple starting-caliber quarterbacks ready to step onto the field. It looks like he does not want to make the same mistake in 2022 with three truly competitive players fighting for the starting spot.

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Barring any sort of Covid-19 breakout, the Texas A&M football team’s previous excuses are in the past. With only Jimbo Fisher-recruited players remaining in Aggieland, this puts the Aggie head coach in a position to play out his dream season for the first time since taking the job.

Full season. No excuses at the quarterback spot. Experienced roster.

Next. These two Aggies are early 2022 All-Americans. dark

The narrative that Jimbo Fisher will never win more than nine games in a season is lazy and spineless.