2023 and beyond
It can’t really be overstated how much this win did for recruiting and the overall outlook going forward. The environment at Kyle Field, after everything that’s gone on this season, the way it felt like everything finally came together for this Texas A&M football team, it all felt so vindicating for us as fans.
I can see a world wherein this season, as awful as it’s been, is actually exactly what was needed for this program to take the next step. Think about it: we hit the lowest of lows as a team, but especially offensively, leading to necessary changes on the staff and how Jimbo does things overall (yet to be seen, but I find it likely). That 6-game losing streak? Maybe something good will come out of it.
But even though those lows were hit, and felt deeply by the fanbase, the Aggies closed out the season perfectly. They knocked off their biggest rival in the conference—a top-5 team, who had clinched the division and came into the game with playoff hopes—in front of a huge crowd, on ESPN primetime, and in emphatic fashion. That breeds hope. It breeds belief. It’s enough to convince recruits like Anthony Hill and others that there might just be something to believe in with this team and this program, after a year that brought so many doubts to the forefront. This could be a year that brings the needed change that could only have come by bottoming out the way the Aggies did, but not at the cost of the belief and faith of the guys in the room, the ones who will lead the way for this program for years to come.
Like I said, I’m a glass-half full guy.