Texas A&M’s battle with Clemson was one of the most entertaining games we have seen thus far in 2018.

Although the Aggies fell 28-26 at home, they showed the nation that they are already expecting to be competitive, and that new coach Jimbo Fisher has his team on the right track.

During an appearance on WJOX 94.5 FM Wednesday morning, CBS Sports’ Gary Danielson explained how big of a game that will end up being for the SEC as a whole.

“I speculated early in the summer that because of what happened to the Big Ten last year not getting a team (into the College Football Playoff) and all the talk about the Big Ten being loaded in the East this year — it hasn’t quite come out that way, but we all get it, the Big Ten has some good teams this year led by Ohio State,” said Danielson.

“But I speculated that the SEC could be vulnerable this year if the league is as deep at quarterback and they start beating each other up. I thought the committee might say, ‘Now, it’s the SEC’s turn to be on the outside.’ I think after A&M’s great loss to Clemson, that’s not going to happen now. Even with two losses, there’s no way the champion cannot be in the playoff this year. That A&M battle with Clemson … was that important to the SEC.” (edited)

Even if a few SEC teams hand each other a couple of losses, they can still have a chance to make the College Football Playoff. These non-conference games such as A&M-Clemson are important because it shows how the SEC is the best conference in college football from top to bottom.

You can listen to Danielson’s comments on the SEC and A&M here, courtesy of WJOX 94.5 on Twitter: