Texas A&M Football: 3 Storylines to Watch for Auburn

Nov 5, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Auburn Tigers interim head coach Carnell Williams walks onto the field after a play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M football needs a win… badly

The Aggies continued a now-five-game losing streak last Saturday with an ugly loss to Florida, in which A&M put up a whopping zero points in the second half after leading at the break.  This was a Texas A&M football team wracked with the flu, to be fair, but after coming out so strong in the first half, the team seemed completely discombobulated for the final 30 minutes.

The Aggies’ bowl eligibility now hangs in the balance, a situation that absolutely nobody thought A&M would be in in the preseason.  However, this is the reality of things, and both the Aggie football team and fans have to deal with it.  The lineup should be bolstered by the return of freshman phenoms Conner Weigman at QB and Bryce Anderson at DB.  This will be Weigman’s first road start in the SEC, but the Aggies are hoping his presence, as well as that of others coming back from injury and illness, will be enough to put up a better performance on both sides of the ball than they’ve been exhibiting most of the last few weeks.

…and so does Auburn

This hasn’t been the season Auburn fans were envisioning, either, though many got their wish with now-former head coach Bryan Harsin being ousted a couple of weeks ago.  In his place is Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, himself a former Auburn RB.

It is in this sense that this Texas A&M football team is catching the Tigers at a bad time; the team will play hard for Williams (as exhibited by their massive comeback bid against Mississippi State that fell short in OT), and the crowd will show out to show the fan-favorite interim HC support in his first home game in that role.  The Aggies will have a lot to overcome, as the Tigers are also playing for bowl eligibility.

Road team winning

Since the Aggies joined the SEC, this is a matchup in which the road team is 8-2.  However, the two home wins have both come during Jimbo’s tenure (Auburn in a come-from-behind victory in 2018, and the Aggies last year in front of an absolutely packed Kyle Field).  The Aggies will be looking to continue that trend, while Auburn will be doing their best to reclaim home-field advantage.  The series overall is knotted at 5-5 since the Aggies joined the conference, and is 2-2 since Jimbo has been the head coach of the Texas A&M football program; however, the Aggies carry a 2-game series winning streak into this latest matchup.