Football games across the country are getting postponed and rescheduled at alarming speeds, with Texas A&M itself in danger of losing an upcoming matchup with Ole Miss. But don’t worry, A&M athletic leadership is hard at work filling the gaps in the football schedule...for 2028. According to fbschedules.com, the Aggies will host the Abilene Christian Wildcats (again) in a non-conference matchup a whopping eight years from now. The Wildcats will reportedly receive a $600,000 pay day for their trouble.
No, this is not satire, or a typo, this is a real scheduling move that we are learning of during a national pandemic. This certainly seems to indicate that if you thought the success of this year’s 10-game SEC schedule might convince programs to beef up their non-conference slate, well you’re probably wrong. But setting aside the fact that A&M continues to schedule FCS schools (ACU will also visit Kyle Field in 2023), this year has absolutely taught us that these kinds of games need not be scheduled so far in advance. We’ve seen schedules change just weeks, heck even days before games and everything go off without a hitch.
If A&M wants to play an FCS or lower tier FBS cupcake for a guaranteed win, then can probably get one any time they want it. There are any number of Texas programs who would love to serve as a sacrificial lamb at Kyle Field and be be paid handsomely to do so. And with even the rest of this season seeming so uncertain, even bothering with scheduling a non-conference game for 2028 seems incredibly futile.