Ranking Every Texas A&M Football Season in the SEC: #12 - 2022
This should be an easy one for every Texas A&M football fan. Not only is this the only season since 2012 that the Aggies have finished with a losing record, it is the only time in that span that the Maroon and White have lost to a non-Power 5 opponent. The App State game spelled the beginning of the end for the Jimbo Fisher tenure, as we can all see in retrospect, and was perhaps the most inexcusable eventuality of the whole timeframe we're examining.
Still, though, there were highlights; namely, the final game of the season wherein the Aggies trounced their rival and SEC West champion LSU Tigers. Taking down a top-5 Tigers squad who you had no right to even be in a game with given how the team had been playing was an absolute delight, and the field-rushing that ensued testified to how catharctic that game was. The now-infamous "oink doink" game against Arkansas, where the Hogs missed what would have been a game-winning kick off the top of the upright, was another high point.
Even so, the frustration far outweighs the good. Not a single win from this year outside of that final game is one that I find myself wanting to revisit; a 31-0 win over Sam Houston State, interrupted by a rain delay? No thanks. A 17-9 slugfest over Miami? Nope. Even the Arkansas game, for as delicious as that missed kick was, is a chore to watch outside of the fumble return and handoff by Demani and Chappell. I'm not much for watching the dismally muddy UMass game, either.
The losses were almost innovatively cruel from week to week, too. From spotting Mississippi State 14 non-offensive points, to taking Alabama to the wire, to losing to the Gamecocks due to the opening kickoff getting returned, to falling just short versus Ole Miss despite allowing almost 400 yards on the ground, to losing to UF while missing almost half your roster, to barely being able to scrape together any offense versus Auburn, this was just a miserable stretch. Also, sleevegate. This is clearly the worst season the Aggies have had since joining the SEC.