2) Texas A&M Football Returns to the Music City
Several projections have Texas A&M football headed to Nashville to face off against an ACC or Big 10 team. The name most often connected with this matchup currently is Wisconsin. The Aggies have been to the Music City Bowl once: in 2015, when Jake Hubenak was behind center against Lamar Jackson, directly before his breakout year, and the Louisville Cardinals. This, of course, was following the exit of Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen, forcing Hubenak into the line of duty even though he hadn’t played all year. The Aggies fell in that matchup, 28-21. Wisconsin has had a rough year under first-year man Luke Fickell and certainly had higher aspirations, but you have to think this is a program on the rise.
Other Big 10 teams the Aggies could see in this one are Northwestern and Maryland. Each of these squads have the same record as the Aggies, so it would be a more even matchup not only by overall record, but also when you look at where each team stands relative to their entire conference.
3) Texas A&M Football Heads to Florida?
This is the least likely option, in my opinion, but it’s not out of the question that the Aggies could be headed to the Gator Bowl. They’d face off against an ACC opponent in this case, and there are several interesting matchups possible here. One ACC team currently sitting at 7-5 is the Duke Blue Devils, whose coach just was poached by the Aggies. Imagine the storylines in this one were these two matched up! Another intriguing possibility is Texas A&M playing Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3 in conference—4th in the ACC). There are three former Aggies that are big time contributors to the Jackets: Haynes King, Chase Lane, and Andre White. Texas A&M football could also see Virginia Tech (6-6, 5-3) or Clemson (8-4, 4-4) here.
I do find this one less likely, though. I think the SEC representative will in all likelihood be Tennessee here, but this would be quite the boost in spirits for an Aggie squad that is looking to close the season strong. You always want to go bowling in Florida, and the state has been kind to the Aggies in postseason play in recent years. It still seems like something of a long shot, however, and may require two SEC teams to make the playoff for this to happen.