Ranking Every Texas A&M Football Season in the SEC: #5 - 2021
We are now well into "good season that I liked" territory, and I feel like 2021, for all the consternation that went on, does in fact belong here. Looking back now, it's hard not to feel like we should have been a little more grateful for that team in the moment, but the wild variance from week to week was a bit destabilizing.
Part of that, of course, is due to having to start Zach Calzada for so much of the year. After King went down against Colorado, young Zach was forced into the line of duty, and barely closed out the Buffs in Denver. After a (kind of) convincing win over New Mexico, he struggled mightily against Arkansas and Mississippi State in two straight losses.
Then came Alabama. That, of course, was probably the second-best moment of these past 12 years, with certain factors commending it to be the top one (though I think it is firmly behind the 2012 win). I have no idea what came over Zach that night against the Tide, but he was an absolute warrior.
The next few weeks were awesome. The Aggies cruised against Missouri, South Carolina, and Auburn, racking up win after win. There was talk that they could make the conference championship if the Tide stumbled just once more. But then, of course, they went to Oxford and got ambushed; two weeks later, they lost to LSU in the final moments (despite an uncalled fumble that would have won the game for the Ags).
A sudden rash of illness prevented the Aggies from playing in their bowl game, so they ended the year at 8-4. They were a better team than that record indicated, by any metric you care to use. That defense was absolutely stellar. The offense... was functional at times. The good news is the guy behind the offense is gone and the guy behind the defense is back!