Texas A&M Football: 3 opponents Aggies should schedule in the future

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Michigan State coach Mel Tucker talks to wide receiver Jalen Nailor warm up before the Peach Bowl against Pittsburgh at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. /

The Texas A&M football team has a tough schedule year in and year out. Playing in the SEC will do that to you — the argument could be made that the Southeastern Conference has two or three of the nation’s top teams in any given season.

The 2021-22 season was the perfect example, seeing Alabama and Georgia face off in the SEC Championship before butting heads again in the National Championship. To add a layer to this, the Texas A&M football team defeated Alabama in the middle of the season, indicating that the SEC is the most competitive conference in the country.

That said, teams still have to schedule out-of-conference opponents. In the past couple of seasons, the Aggies’ weak slate of non-con opponents has led many to criticize their strength of schedule. Here are three opponents who could change that.

Texas A&M Football Non-Con Opponent No. 1: Michigan State

Michigan State may seem like a weird, random opponent to think about here but allow me to explain myself.

The Spartans have not historically had talented rosters. Many fans have become accustomed to seeing Mark Dantonio take mid-level talent to the Big Ten Championship game or New Years Six Bowl games. Mel Tucker came in and has done a complete 180 with the program.

Tucker doesn’t just bring in high-level recruits to the Big Ten, he brings in talent from SEC territory. While beating up on teams like Penn State or Michigan may not prove much, beating a team like MSU could prove that the Big Ten will never be able to stack up against the SEC talent-wise.

The same argument could be made for A&M scheduling Ohio State.