Texas A&M Football Catches a Scheduling Break
It was announced today by the SEC that the final game of the year for Texas A&M Football, versus LSU, will be played at noon eastern time/11 AM central time on Saturday, November 25. The game will air on ESPN. This is the fourth time this year that the Aggies will be featured on the early ESPN game, with the other games being the wins against Auburn and South Carolina and the loss at Ole Miss.
This also means the Aggies will close the year with two early games in a row, as this weekend’s contest versus Abilene Christian will be in the early slot as well.
This presents a huge opportunity for Texas A&M football. The Aggies, since joining the SEC, have never played the Tigers on the road in anything but a night game, save a 2:30 kick in Johnny Manziel’s final year, when the Heisman winner was racked with injury. 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021 have all been night kickoffs—and they’ve all been losses, as well. LSU doesn’t lose often at home, but they also rarely get anything but a night game. In fact, this will be the first home game that isn’t a night game since October 22, 2022; a 3:30 kickoff against Ole Miss. This will be the first early home kickoff since their game against Tennessee last year, which the Volunteers won by a score of 40-13. Here are the results from the last few early kickoffs against Power 5 teams the Tigers have played in at home:
- 2022 UT: L, 40-13
- 2021 UF: W, 49-42
- 2020 Mizzou: L, 45-41
Those are all the home conference games with early kickoffs the Tigers have played in since 2017, and they are 1-2 in those contests. This is a huge chance for the Aggies: LSU is a worse defense than even Mississippi State’s, though their offense is far better. This being an early kickoff only increases the chances of the Aggies pulling out a huge upset.