Texas A&M had their second statement win in four games on Saturday, with a dominant defensive performance leading to a 20-3 win over the Auburn Tigers in front of more than 109,000 fans at Kyle Field (the second-largest crowd ever at the stadium). That win, combined with surprising losses by three teams ranked ahead of them (Michigan State losing to Purdue, Wake Forest losing to UNC and Baylor losing to TCU) has vaulted the Aggies up in both major polls, coming in at No. 11 in both the AP Top 25 and No. X in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Aggies have rocketed back up the polls, now just outside the top 10 just five weeks after being unranked following two straight losses at the hands of Arkansas and Mississippi State. Beating No. 1 Alabama and No. 13 Auburn (as well as Missouri and South Carolina) will do that.
The Aggies, now sitting alone in second place in the SEC West, will next travel to Oxford to take on yet another ranked SEC team in No. 12 Ole Miss. College Gameday will be in town to cover an A&M game that, for the second straight week, has massive implications for the SEC West title race.
Meaningful November football sure is fun.