Paul Finebaum says Texas A&M faces a '1-game season' in 2021
Paul Finebaum says Texas A&M’s 2021 campaign is all about one game on the schedule: Alabama.
The Aggies have been chasing the Crimson Tide since Johnny Manziel delivered an upset back in 2012. Alabama has won eight straight games in that series, and all of them have come by more than a touchdown. Six of those wins have been by double digits, including the last three.
But in Year 4 under Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies feel like they have a chance to knock off Alabama and Nick Saban once again. Finebaum says that’s their primary objective in 2021.
“They have essentially a one-game season,” he said on ESPN’s Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin this week. “I know they play LSU and all these other schools, but they’ve been talking about this one game in October now for a year. And that’s the Alabama game.
“They went to Tuscaloosa last year and lost by 28 points, and still felt like they deserved to be in the playoffs. And this year they are determined to undo that.”
A&M’s 52-24 loss to the Crimson Tide in 2020 was their only loss of the season last year.
Finebaum said he believes Texas A&M does have a shot at Alabama in College Station on Oct. 9 this fall.
“I think they have a shot at Alabama,” Finebaum added. “The one thing about Alabama I don’t know is what Bryce Young is going to look like. I know how much he’s making on the side. I know Keyshawn (Johnson) is still pining for him for sneaking out of (Southern California), but he’s going to have to do more than just make money to prove to me that he is an adequate replacement for Mac Jones.”
Texas A&M opens its 2021 season with Kent State on Sept. 4.