Last season may not have gone quite according to plan for the Texas A&M Aggies, but the 2022 campaign appears to be another one with high hopes and expectations for Jimbo Fisher and his program. Texas A&M felt it belonged in the College Football Playoffs in 2020 but fell to an 8-4 record last season and ended the season outside of the top 25.
But the Aggies have a good feeling about their chances of a big rebound season and making waves at the SEC West race this season. After a major recruiting effort in the Class of 2021 and with a roster that appears healthy in a few key positions, the Aggies could easily be in the SEC and playoff mix with a few more games coming their way this fall.
Also see: Texas A&M 2022 Season Preview and Prediction
Here’s a look at Texas A&M’s 2022 schedule, ranking games from easiest to hardest for Jimbo Fisher and his Aggies.
12 Nov 19 vs UMass
If this game is played late in the regular season, the UMass program will be just about ready to wrap up the season and cash the check they receive from the Aggies for their trip to College Station in November. Texas A&M may sleepwalk through this book, but there will absolutely never be any doubts.
11. September 3 against Sam Houston
Taking on one of FCS’ best programs is a risky move in a season opener, especially when that program can generate some state pride with a good performance against a top-flight SEC opponent. The Aggies won’t lose in this game, although they may have a snooze button early in the season against the Bearkats.
10 Sept 10 v Appalachian State
Appalachian State is not a program intimidated by the challenge of going into a big stadium against a superior power conference team, as history will show. But the Mountaineers won’t have enough in the tank to leave Kyle Field with a monster win.
9. November 12 at Auburn
Many are counting on Auburn this season and that may affect the rating of this game. A road trip to Auburn is hardly easy, but the Aggies appear to be far better off than the Tigers this season.
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8. 17 Sept vs. Miami (Fl.)
Enthusiasm for Miami’s future appears to have reignited, but the Hurricanes still have work to do before they can go into a matchup like this and pose a legitimate threat.
7. October 1st in the state of Mississippi
Mississippi State stunned the Aggies at College Station last season and took some more steam out of the expected matchup against Alabama the following week. This time, the Aggies must travel to Starkville and confront the Cowbell Nation.
6. October 22 in South Carolina
The Aggies wiped the floor with South Carolina last season, winning 44-14 at home. But a trip to Columbia may level the playing field enough to make it a legitimate angry alert situation for Texas A&M.
5. November 5 vs. Florida
The Gators are coming to town in early November for a game that could be crucial for any team in their respective divisional races. Florida should provide some good battles for Texas A&M, but the Aggies should still have some stronger threats lined up to worry about.
4. September 24 vs. Arkansas (Arlington, Texas)
Texas A&M lost their top-10 finish last season in their annual rivalry game with Arkansas, so mark this as a big revenge situation for the Aggies. Arkansas used its win over A&M to fuel a great season for the Razorbacks, but as long as the Aggies don’t have injury problems to work out, that could be a different outcome.
3. Nov. 26 vs. LSU
This game could easily be moved down the pecking order if things don’t add up for Brian Kelly and LSU this fall, but the Tigers defeated the Aggies 27-24 in their final game of the regular season last season. If anything can be said about this series, it has a very good chance of getting to the point.
2 Oct 29 vs Ole Miss
Ole Miss got the better of Texas A&M last season, and the Rebels won’t slow down their offense this season. Lane Kiffin has something brewing with Ole Miss that could give the Texas A&M defense some seizures.
1. 8 Oct in Alabama
After Alabama dropped 41 points to Texas A&M in the last meeting of the season, a 41-38 win for Texas A&M, you better believe Nick Saban has this payback game on his mind in Tuscaloosa. There will not be a more challenging matchup for Texas A&M after last season’s game went down at College Station. Alabama’s defense will be far better prepared for this clash, and Texas A&M may have a two-goal goal.
— Written by Kevin McGuire who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFBon Instagram, on TikTok and Like him on Facebook.