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Texas A&M took a step back for 2019 as second year coach Jimbo Fisher continued the massive overhaul of the program. The Aggies faced one of the must brutal schedules in the country to finish 8-5 straight up and 7-6 against the spread. Texas A&M did end up with a 24-21 Texas Bowl win over Oklahoma State. Offensively the Aggies were inconsistent with national rankings of 71st overall and 61st for scoring. Defensively they were somewhat better ranking 31st overall and 37th for points allowed. The regular season finale was a revealing 50-7 loss at eventual national champion LSU which revealed just how far this program is yet to go to be considered a top tier national title contender.
2020 Texas A&M Aggies at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +5000
Jimbo Fisher was signed to a 10-year $75 million contract in December of 2017 to lead the Texas A&M program to where it wants to be. And that has been the problem for the Aggies. It is historically a “wannabe” national power. Since 1995 Texas A&M has a grand total of only two double digit win seasons with the last one being in 2012. That year is considered something of a fluke as then first year head coach Kevin Sumlin rode Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel to an 11-2 season which included an upset win at Alabama. Things have never been quite that good ever since at College Station. What is most frustrating of all for Aggies fans is that their donor base prints money. The program wants for nothing when it comes to facilities. Fisher was presented a national championship trophy of the future on the day he arrived. To get A&M to a real title will be the result of swimming heavily up stream.
2020 Texas A&M Aggies Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, Abilene Christian Wildcats
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, North Texas Mean Green
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Colorado Buffaloes
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Arkansas Razorbacks (Arlington, TX)
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Fresno State Bulldogs
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Auburn Tigers
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at South Carolina Gamecocks
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Ole Miss Rebels
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, Vanderbilt Commodores
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, at Alabama Crimson Tide
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, LSU Tigers
2020 Texas A&M Aggies Regular Season Preview
Due to strong recruiting and unlimited resources with Fisher now in his third year many preseason prognostications have Texas A&M ranked close to the top 10. Indeed, Fisher has snagged a pair of top ten recruiting classes. Six true freshman starters from 2019 now have valuable experience.
A large part of the burden for a breakthrough season will be on the shoulders of senior quarterback Kellen Mond. Although he compiled 3398 yards in total offense, he proved incapable of taking over games and seemed stuck neutral after a more impressive overall performance in 2018.
Sophomore running back Isaiah Spiller went from a backup roll to lead back for 2019 as he ended up with 946 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Now that he is the established top back his workload and production are expected to increase dramatically.
Part of Mond’s problem for 2019 was the lack of a game breaking receiver. It is telling that the Aggies only had 10 passing plays that were good for 30 yards or more last year. Senior wideout Jhamon Ausbon was Mond’s top target in 2019 with 66 catches, 872 yards, 13.2 yards per catch and five touchdowns.
The offensive line has not been sorted out in Fisher’s first two years on the job. Of great concern is that it has allowed 69 sacks in those two seasons. Four starters return but will be challenged in fall camp. Buddy Johnson and Anthony Hines III have made the Aggies linebacking corps among the most improved in the country.
Defense is expected to be the bedrock of the team for 2020. Senior tackle Jayden Peevy will anchor the unit.
With a senior quarterback, more experienced lineup, and a less imposing schedule the Aggies have a real shot at 10 wins or more for 2020.
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