Texas A&M played the nation’s toughest schedule this season.
The Aggies traveled to then-No. 1 Clemson in the second week of the season. A few weeks later, they hosted then-No. 1 Alabama. Then it was a game against a top-10 LAU squad.
After a stretch of four wins in a row, the Aggies ended the season on the road with a game at No. 4 LSU and then once again vs. a top-ranked opponent at No. 1 LSU.
The team hung close with Georgia in Athens and looked better than the Bulldogs in the second half. If some of the missed calls had gone the Aggies’ way, A&M could have come out with a victory.
Though nobody likes to lose, the closeness of the loss gave the team and fans hope heading to LSU in the final weekend of the regular season. However, the Tigers had the game circled on the calendar all year after losing in seven overtimes a year ago at Kyle Field. They thought they had the game won at the end of regulation and head coach Ed Orgeron had to watch all the extra periods soaking wet after taking a Gatorade bath.
LSU and Heisman frontrunner Joe Burrow came out of the gates fast, scoring touchdowns on every one of their first drives. A defense that had struggled all season was much better against the Aggies in what was eventually a 50-7 victory.
The Tigers celebrated and are headed to the SEC championship game this coming weekend and then likely the College Football Playoffs after that. Meanwhile, A&M went from feeling decent about an incredibly tough regular season to ending it on a very sour note.
Just like LSU did all offseason with remembering the seven-overtime loss, the Aggie coaches do not want the players to forget what it felt like to never even be in the game against a team that they consider their rivals.
This week, at the Bright Complex on campus, there was a graphic to remind the team in case they somehow forgot.
It has LSU’s 12-0 record from the Tiger Stadium scoreboard after the game as well as the 50-7 score.
Next to the score, which is in giant font, A&M wrote, “Until we change in everything we do, results won’t change.”
Whether the Aggies are able to use it to rally like LSU did a year ago remains to be seen. However, next year sets up well for A&M to make a run of its own. With Clemson and Georgia off its schedule, A&M could very well be favored in each of the season’s first 10 games before closing things out at Alabama and then with a home game against LSU.
— Dell (@DB_Out_Front) December 4, 2019