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Aggies just miss College Football Playoff, will head to New Year's Six bowl game

December 20, 2020
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A seven-game winning streak and a dominant victory over Tennessee wasn’t enough for Texas A&M to earn a place in the four-team College Football Playoff field.

The College Football Playoff committee on Sunday (8-1) denied A&M a chance to contend for the national championship by keeping the Aggies fifth in the rankings.

Alabama was ranked No. 1, followed by No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Notre Dame.

A&M’s consolation prize figures to be an invitation to the Orange Bowl in Miami to face an ACC representative, likely North Carolina, on Jan. 2.

The Aggies’ 34-13 victory over Tennessee closed out a seven-game winning streak to complete the regular season. The last six of those wins were all by double-digit margins.

But A&M could not overcome a 52-24 loss to No. 1 Alabama in the second week of the season.

“You’re 8-and-1 in the SEC. We lost to the No. 1 team in the country. I’d want to see somebody else doing that in this league. We can play with anybody. We do deserve it.”
- A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher

But A&M coach Jimbo Fisher argued that loss should not have eliminated the Aggies from the field.

“You’re 8-and-1 in the SEC,” he said after the win over Tennessee. “We lost to the No. 1 team in the country. I’d want to see somebody else doing that in this league. We can play with anybody. We do deserve it.”

A&M had been No. 5 in the playoff standings since the initial rankings were announced on Nov. 24.

The Aggies, who defeated then-No. 4 Florida 41-38 on Oct. 10 to start their seven-game winning streak, entered this weekend needing a victory over Tennessee and some help in the Big Ten championship game or the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game to climb into the top four.

A&M did its part with a convincing 34-13 victory over Tennessee and possibly could have benefitted from the results of the Big Ten and ACC championship games.

Ohio State, which has played just six games, struggled to post an unimpressive 22-10 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten title game.

Also, then-No. 3 Clemson blew out then-No. 2 Notre Dame, 34-10, in the ACC title game.

But those results did not sway the selection committee.

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Aggies just miss College Football Playoff, will head to New Year's Six bowl game

40,943 Views | 29 Replies | Last: 11 mo ago by Maroon Flash
nactownag
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It's rigged. Blow the whole thing up
SunrayAg
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We should decline a bowl invitation if the committee is that crooked. F- - - them all!
Brazos Born
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Both Semi-Final Matchups are going to be colossal ass-whippings.
sharpdressedman
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Aggie outrage is justified, but surprise is not.
TxAg76
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SunrayAg said:

We should decline a bowl invitation if the committee is that crooked. F- - - them all!

No, don't F the players who know this'll be their last game together w this group
Ghost of Bizbee
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Best response here is for Saban to hang 100 on the domers. They deserve to be embarrassed twice in a row.

Sankey needs to be on phone with Saban demanding no mercy in that game on behalf of the SEC.
83Ags
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Until we can stand toe to toe and beat Alabama we will never get the respect we deserve
marubx
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I agree with TxAg76. Players and coaches did a phenomenal job! The systems sucks, but the only way to overcome it is continue winning.

CarolinaAggie91
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Too bad the best 4 teams didn't get in. TEAM TEAM TEAM
tgates40
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Jimbo just needs to continue building a Regency program.
Aggieland12thMan
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MORE THAN EVER, we must institute an eight game playoff system...MORE THAN EVER!!! The EYE TEST, that is another name for political maneuvering and nothing more. The EYE TEST leaves too much room for simply voting for your favored team by CFP Committee members. Objective decisions must always trump subjective decision making...just sayin'
Gig 'em
dttd888
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Predict A&Mwins their bowl game, Alabama National champ and In final rankings Aggies #2..
oysterbayAG
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Unfortunately for us the bar in the SEC West is set the highest , especially because of Alabama. Jimbo knows he has to build a team that can beat Alabama , and he is clearly on his way.
zephyr88
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Style points matter. Tight game vs a later 0-9 Vandy and got manhandled at Bama. We just didn't have enough domineering games.

Looking forward to BTHO Dirty Feet!
Caesar4
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Wow. Ags lost by 28 in just the second game of the season to a much better team than the one that just yesterday defeated Notre Dame by 24. That's a stark/glaring/blatant reason to put the Ags in over ND.
deauxx
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Battered Aggie syndrome at its worst. Until we beat Alabama and have zero losses, we will never get the respect we deserve. I will say this....this season was probably our best opportunity in the coming years. As good as a coach as we have and as good of a program as he is building, the fact remains we play in the toughest conference and toughest division in the country.
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zephyr88 said:

Style points matter. Tight game vs a later 0-9 Vandy and got manhandled at Bama. We just didn't have enough domineering games.

Looking forward to BTHO Dirty Feet!
Notre Dame beat a woeful Louisville team 12-7 and got blown the f out YESTERDAY (looked worse than we did against Bama imho).

Again, blown the f out YESTERDAY!
Batzarro
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Time for Martial Law
DallasAg10
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TxAg76 said:

SunrayAg said:

We should decline a bowl invitation if the committee is that crooked. F- - - them all!

No, don't F the players who know this'll be their last game together w this group


This. Go to the bowl game and dominate. Hold it over committee's head forever.
cageybee77
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It would be a hardship - but every freaking player should come back next year.....
stantxag
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The playoff has degenerated into the old BCS. Which teams draw the most eyes for television, you're in. Ohio State and ND? Give us a break. One shouldn't be there and the other got an end of season Azz Whoop'n. But we're in good shape and the players/coaches deserve a premier bowl for sure! Gig 'em.
charles58
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Bad Deal......Ags finished strong. Good recruiting class, Jimbo has a plan and a process......we are coming for Alabama.
Herknav
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//It's political with no respect. Still percieved as a cow college with oil & gas interest verus the woke crowd. Only way to beat this on the field, hang a hundred on Mac Brown.//just my thoughts//
//Herknav sends//
Foxo
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SunrayAg said:

We should decline a bowl invitation if the committee is that crooked. F- - - them all!
aka cutting off your nose to spite your face
DHTexAg87
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The playoff isn't a playoff. Don't blame the committee, they're just a puppet show, part of the cast of the "reality" series where ESPN are the show-runners, producing what they believe will draw the most viewers. It's awful, and so unjust to all but the bluest of blue-blood programs. If only CFB could be contested as a sport all the way to the championship...
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DallasAg10 said:

TxAg76 said:

SunrayAg said:

We should decline a bowl invitation if the committee is that crooked. F- - - them all!

No, don't F the players who know this'll be their last game together w this group


This. Go to the bowl game and dominate. Hold it over committee's head forever.

Exactly.

Show show the committee and the country that the wrong decision was made. This will filter into future decisions.
Rudybryan
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What we need to do is go play this game and win it running away.......Be interesting to see Alabama put a SEC ass whippin on ND
David Kreps
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Yes
Maroon Flash
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Corrupt deal was made. B10 sacrificed getting Indiana in a NY6 bowl in exchange for bucknuts at #4.
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