The announcers in Texas A&M’s 20-7 victory over LSU on Saturday clearly didn’t think the Aggies’ win was “convincing” enough for A&M to impress the College Football Playoff committee. But they apparently disagreed, as A&M maintained it’s No. 5 slot in the most recent rankings, unveiled on Tuesday evening. In fact the entire top six remained unchanged, with the Aggies trailing the Alabama Crimson Tide, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes.
A&M has a good chance at finishing the season 9-1, with Auburn (and presumably rescheduled games with Tennessee and Ole Miss) remaining on the schedule, but even then will likely need help to slip into the top four. That come come in multiple forms, be it Ohio State having enough games postponed to negate their impressive victories thus far, Notre Dame handing Clemson a second loss in the ACC Championship Game, or Clemson beating Notre Dame so convincingly that the committee thinks the Fighting Irish aren’t worthy of Playoff consideration.
Ultimately, A&M very well may end up on the outside looking in. But hey, it’s December and we’re still talking about the Aggies’ national title chances. That alone shows the progress that Jimbo Fisher has made in year three of the turnaround of this program.