Texas A&M Football vs. Auburn in 2022 could be game of the year

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After a relatively easy year schedule-wise, the Texas A&M football team’s schedule gets tough again in 2022. The Aggies will have a tough non-conference opponent in Miami before facing SEC giants like Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, and LSU.

But one school on the docket might provide a more difficult challenge than most are expecting.

That game, of course, is the Auburn game. This contest will provide a rematch between Zach Calzada and the team that seemingly did not want him. Calzada was processed by Jimbo Fisher’s staff early on in the 2022 offseason, indicating that he did not hold much of a chance to start in the first place.

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Zach Calzada was never the flashiest quarterback. He has a big arm and is capable of making extremely difficult throws, especially when given adequate time in the pocket, but never stood out as a superstar at A&M.

His stats were solid — the former Aggie quarterback threw for 2,185 yards through the air in 2021 along with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That said, he was only solid. It’s not often that you see a “solid” quarterback win a national championship.

At the end of the day, he was more of a long-term project on a team that didn’t have time.

That said, there are a few undeniable truths about Zach Calzada. For starters, he has more heart than any quarterback in the country. It’s something that’s completely intangible — Calzada will do anything to help his team win. Anything.

We saw him have his knee hyper-extended against Alabama on a game-tying touchdown pass. It didn’t look like he’d return. Spoiler alert — he did return. He led the Aggies to a gigantic win over ‘Bama that gave Nick Saban his first loss to a former assistant in his career. For just a day, it looked like A&M had a powerhouse offense.

And Calzada carried the team.

The point that I’m trying to make here is that Zach Calzada is not the type of quarterback that you want to play against with a fire under him. It would be dishonest to say that he left Texas A&M on bad terms, but he clearly wasn’t wanted in College Station. He’ll want to prove the Aggie coaches wrong on the field.

That said, there’s still a long way to go before this matchup on November 12th. Heck, he may not even be the starting quarterback for the Tigers.

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Still, no matter what these two teams look like late in the 2022 season, one thing seems clear — Texas A&M vs. Auburn will be must-watch entertainment.