On the heels of banner season & College Football Playoff snub, fourth-ranked Texas A&M announces 2021 schedule
COLLEGE STATION – After concluding a historic run to end the 2020 season with eight straight wins and a victory in the Capital One Orange Bowl, the complete 2021 Texas A&M Football schedule was announced by the Southeastern Conference Wednesday.
The Aggies open the 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Kent State at Kyle Field. Then in Week 2, Texas A&M and Colorado are set to face off on Sept. 11 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, home of the Denver Broncos. Originally scheduled to be a two-game series between the former conference foes, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 game. Now, the two teams will play a single-game matchup at the neutral site, and the second game will not be played.
Additionally, the Maroon & White will host two other non-conference games at Kyle Field, New Mexico Sept. 18 and Prairie View A&M Nov. 20.
Playing in the SEC, Texas A&M hosts Mississippi State Oct. 2, Alabama Oct. 9, South Carolina Oct. 23 and Auburn Nov. 6 at Kyle Field in the 2021 season. The Aggies will travel to Missouri Oct. 16, Ole Miss Nov. 13 and LSU Nov. 27, along with the neutral site matchup against Arkansas in AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 25.
On the strength of defeating 14th-ranked North Carolina, 41-27, in the Orange Bowl, Texas A&M finished the 2020 season ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the season. It marks A&M’s second-highest finish in the AP Poll and highest since 1939, when the Aggies won the national championship.
In addition, the No. 4 ranking is Texas A&M’s second top-five finish since joining the SEC in 2012 and marks the third time in his career that head coach Jimbo Fisher has finished inside the top-five. Texas A&M wrapped up the season on an eight-game win streak, the longest streak by the Maroon & White since the 1998 campaign.
In the regular season, the Aggies went 9-1 against an all-SEC slate as they compiled the most victories against conference foes since joining the SEC for the 2012 season. It proved to be A&M’s fourth top-five AP finish along with the No. 5 ranking in 1956 and 2012, and the No. 1 finish in 1939, A&M’s lone AP national championship. It was A&M’s 13th top-10 finish in school history.
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