Texas A&M Football: 3 Takeaways from the Loss to South Carolina

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Oct 22, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher directs his team against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

This is a frustrating team to try and figure out.  One week, they come two yards away from toppling the #1 team in the country. The next, they give up 17 points before 5 minutes have elapsed to South Carolina.  This Texas A&M football team, while young, has been extremely inconsistent even dating back to the 2021 season.  That team was much more senior-led, though lacking in talent at QB.  This year, the QB room has remained an issue even after an upgrade in talent at the position.  While the passing game definitely looks better now than it did in weeks 2 and 3, it’s still nowhere near where it needs to be.  The rushing attack features one of the most dynamic players in America in Devon Achane, and it still feels like it leaves a lot to be desired at times.

This loss brings Texas A&M football to a crossroads.  Where does this 2022 team go from here?  And now, with the news (per Billy Liucci) that three of the vaunted freshmen class have been suspended indefinitely, where does this program go from here?

I’ll address this quickly, and then I’ll get into the game.  I think that this was a move that had to be made by Jimbo.  From all accounts, this was something that was a long time coming.  You can have a down and disappointing season, but if you lose the culture, you lose the program.  This action (as I mentioned in an article after the Miami game) reinforces the culture of the program.  This is who we are, and this is where we are.  If you’re not on board with that, then you don’t belong here.  And maybe that’s a bridge too far for some of these players.  If so, then good luck to them.  I honestly mean that— I don’t want to see anyone fail who may move on.  But you have to buy into the team to be here— something that, in a definite silver lining to this situation, it for sure seems as though several of these freshmen do, indeed, understand.

Okay, enough about all the off-the-field stuff.  Let’s talk about what happened in Columbia Saturday night.

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