Many people thought that the Texas A&M Aggies were snubbed from a spot in the College Football Playoff. A&M had a pretty good resume to show for why they deserve to be in the top 4. They knocked off a top 5 Florida Gators team, as well as all their other opponents, except for Alabama. Their game against the Crimson Tide wasn’t close, but it seems as if Kellen Mond and that Aggie offense has matured a ton. The committee decided to put Notre Dame at the 4 spot for the CFP, and now Jimbo FIsher’s squad will go on to face the 13th ranked North Carolina Tarheels.

Why has this year been the golden one for Fisher?

Since the Johnny Football days, the Aggies haven’t been able to live up to the hype. For the past three seasons, A&M has suffered seasons of 4,5, and 6 losses. Unranked, and unable to put up a fight against competition. Since Jimbo joined in December of 2017, he hadn’t been able to plug a spark until 2020. And the Aggies finally had a chance to win it all, but the committee thought otherwise. Now, there’s nothing better the Aggies could’ve done other than put up a better fight against Bama, but their bowl game opponent isn’t easy. Fisher put a chip on Kellen Mond’s shoulder before the Florida game that has stayed with him ever since. Sources were saying Mond may be benched before the game against the Gators, but Fisher gave Kellen Mond a great game plan and Mond executed perfectly. Coach Fisher put this team on the map, and they are receiving the attention they deserve. Why does this year stand out from the rest? The unique style of play. What Fisher has incorporated into his offense is an NFL style of play, primarily focusing on running back Isiah Spiller. Spiller has had an outstanding year, putting up video game numbers in most games this year. Mond has been able to use his versatility, and use the read option as another weapon to his advantage. Compare this to the style of play used by the Baltimore Ravens, with Lamar Jackson and J.K. Dobbins. The way coach Fisher has changed this offense has had a significant impact.

Although there will be no CFP for A&M, this still remains a HUGE test for Jimbo Fisher.

The main question surrounding this football program is if they will be able to stay in big games. We saw them put up 41 in a thriller against Florida, but we also saw them put up just 17 points against a winless Vanderbilt team. Going up against a North Carolina team that has a firepowered offense led by Sam Howell, the defense must keep their composure and not get ahead of themselves. There is no doubt that this will likely be a shootout, but it is a must win game for Jimbo Fisher, as he argued about his team being top 4 in the nation. A top 5 team should be able to take care of a team ranked 4th in the ACC, but it all boils down to which team executes better on the field. Fisher can prove he’s a tier 1 worthy coach by giving his team a great chance to win the Orange Bowl. If the Aggies lose this game, could Jimbo be in the hot seat? A question worth asking.

How can Texas A&M win this game? 

It’s going to be very difficult to contain Sam Howell, as this offense has had no problem putting up 35+ points every game. The simple key is to keep the defense tired. Get a face paced offense going with Kellen Mond and Isiah Spiller to keep the Tarheel defense out of breath. A&M is rolling when Spiller is. Mack Brown has not done a good job with his D-Front containing the run, so expect a big game from the lead back for A&M. To win the game, the Aggies must have a face paced offense, and keep the read option going.

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