Texas A&M and head coach Jimbo Fisher are pushing for the Aggies to be included in the College Football Playoffs final four teams.
CFP committee members, are you listening? Here’s Fisher’s argument:
“Seven straight SEC wins,” Fisher told reporters after A&M smashed Tennessee 34-13 road win over Tennessee. “Some schools ain’t even playing seven games.
Fisher continued: “I don’t care what league you’re in. If you’re gonna pick the best four teams, we’re one of them.”
Jimbo Fisher Wants His Team Ahead of Ohio State
Jimbo Fisher is trying to get his fifth-ranked team ahead of Ohio State. The two teams were playing at the same time Saturday, but the Buckeyes were playing a game with more meaning. The Aggies game against Tennessee was a makeup one from earlier in the season. Covid-19 had forced the rescheduling.
The No. 4 Buckeyes played No. 14 Northwestern in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title. Ohio State won, 22-10. The Buckeyes didn’t dominate. In fact, they didn’t score their first touchdown until late in the third quarter when they finally took the lead over the Wildcats. Tailback Trey Sermon, a transfer from Oklahoma, proved to be Ohio State’s best offense. He rushed for 331 yards, a school and Big Ten title game record.
Meanwhile, the Aggies had few problems dispensing with the Volunteers. Tennessee isn’t very good. The Volunteers are 3-7.
Still, Fisher thinks A&M was more than good enough Saturday – all season, too – to make the CFP.
The Aggies can’t win the SEC championship. That game is set for Saturday night between Alabama and Florida.
Aggies Have SEC History In Favor, But Not Much Of Its Own to Help With CFP Committee
But A&M has SEC history in its favor. In the CFP era since 2014, no one-loss SEC team has been left out of the final four. But with Covid 19 as a dominant story, 2020 is an odd year.
The CFP committee is meeting in a hotel near the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The final four will be unveiled at noon Eastern. While Ohio State usually is a committee go-to, A&M hasn’t sniffed a national title since 1939. Their last league title was in 1998, when A&M played in the Big 12. A&M finished fifth nationally in 2012, when Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy.
“We do deserve to be in it,” said Fisher, who is in his fourth year at A&M. “You’re gonna hear me say it now. We deserve to be in it. Now the committee, that’s their thing, but I believe that firmly. I’ve watched the games — I’ve seen everybody. We can play with anybody.
“It has the character, it has the ability. Now, I don’t know if we’ll win one, but it has the characteristics to win one and should have the opportunity to win one.”