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Texas A&M Football: Aggies' 2022 Schedule Analysis

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M Aggies Football

Ainias Smith and the Aggies will have multiple opportunities on their 2022 slate to get some payback for some tough losses they suffered last season

Few college football teams appear to be entering the 2022 season with as much optimism and momentum as the Texas A&M Aggies. The program just signed one of the best recruiting classes imaginable and the expectations are only rising for Texas A&M in the coming years. And after finding a way to take down Alabama in the regular season last year, there is no reason to suspect the Aggies won't be a contender in 2022.

But Texas A&M couldn't counterbalance its win over Alabama with other wins to ensure bigger goals could be achieved last season. Far too many losses in division play took the steam out of a season that was highlighted by a victory over the Crimson Tide, but progress could be made in 2022 as Jimbo Fisher looks to continue building the Aggies into an SEC powerhouse. But the first step in 2022 will be to avenge a handful of losses from a season ago and to manage the schedule elsewhere to avoid similar self-inflicted pitfalls along the way.

Here is a look at Texas A&M's 2022 schedule.

Texas A&M Aggies' 2022 Schedule

Bye: Week 7

Week 1 - Sept. 3 vs. Sam Houston (College Station, Texas)

Texas A&M will have every opportunity to get the season started on a good footing. Although Sam Houston is a top-tier FCS program, the Aggies have outscored their FCS opponents 378-47 since 2014.

Week 2 -Sept. 10 vs. Appalachian State (College Station, Texas)

Appalachian State is years removed from being one of the top FCS programs but has grown to become one of the more challenging and physical Sun Belt programs. The Mountaineers are not easily intimidated but they will lack the firepower to keep up with the Aggies in the Texas heat in Week 2.

Week 3 - Sept. 17 vs. Miami (College Station, Texas)

Miami is feeling a bit reenergized with the hiring of former Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal, but the Hurricanes could be in for a rude dose of reality when they visit the Aggies in Week 3. Jimbo Fisher is no stranger to getting the best of the Hurricanes, and that will continue this season in this non-conference tilt.

Week 4 - Sept. 24 vs. Arkansas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)

After three straight home games, Texas A&M squares off with Arkansas in Jerry Jones' crown jewel in Arlington. Arkansas upset the Aggies in last year's meeting for their first win against Texas A&M since 2011 to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Aggies. Texas A&M hasn't lost consecutive games to the Razorbacks since losing three straight from 2009 through 2011 when Texas A&M joined the SEC.

Week 5 - Oct. 1 at Mississippi State (Starkville, Miss.)

Texas A&M will look to avoid another second straight loss to a division opponent the following week when the Aggies play their first true road game. Mississippi State upset Texas A&M, 26-22 last season in College Station. Bring the earplugs, because the cowbells will continue to be ringing.

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Week 6 - Oct. 8 at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

And if things couldn't get any more difficult for the Aggies, they will have to get past Alabama before reaching their bye week. Texas A&M snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Crismon Tide last season, making Jimbo Fisher the first former assistant of Nick Saban to defeat Saban in a head-to-head matchup (Kirby Smart of Georgia would later join Fisher in the exclusive company in the national championship game). But Saban rarely loses two straight to the same opponent, and this game will certainly be circled on the schedule of Alabama this season in Tuscaloosa.

Week 8 - Oct. 22 at South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.)

Texas A&M will get a much-needed bye week to recover from three games away from home but returns to action on the road one more time with a road trip to South Carolina. The Gamecocks are a bit of a wild card and are hoping for good results with transfer quarterback Spencer Rattler. But the Aggies should get out of Columbia with a win.

Week 9 - Oct. 29 vs. Ole Miss (College Station, Texas)

Texas A&M finally returns to College Station and could be in for an entertaining matchup with Ole Miss. The Rebels took last year's meeting in Oxford, 29-19, so this is another revenge situation for the Aggies. But at least this one comes in Kyle Field.

Week 10 - Nov. 5 vs. Florida (College Station, Texas)

Historically speaking, there isn't a ton of history between Texas A&M and Florida, but the two have played three games as SEC opponents that have each been decided by no more than three points. Texas A&M has won the last two meetings, including a 41-38 victory in 2020 in College Station. A win against the Gators could keep Texas A&M in the running for the SEC West Division if things go well prior to this matchup.

Week 11 - Nov. 12 at Auburn (Auburn, Ala.)

Texas A&M's final road game of the season will come in mid-November with a trip to Auburn. And after winning the last two meetings with the Tigers, each by double digits, Texas &M looks to be the program in a better spot when these two teams line up against each other. Aburn could be scuffling by the end of the season while the Aggies could be in complete control of their path to a possible New Year's Six bowl game.

Week 12 - Nov. 19 vs. UMass (College Station, Texas)

Texas A&M jumps out of conference play in the next-to-last week of the regular season, and it should be a laugher. Texas A&M should be able to name its own score, but it would not be a shock to see the Aggies take it relatively easy and not put up as many points as you might expect unless style points are necessary this time of the year.

Week 13 - Nov. 26 vs. LSU (College Station, Texas)

Texas A&M really had no business losing to LSU last season, but did! The Aggies came up three points shy against the Tigers in Baton Rouge, so chalk this one up as one more game for the A&M revenge tour. This series has gone back and forth with teams alternating wins each of the past five games. And who can't love a coaching matchup between Jimbo Fisher and Brian Kelly to close out the regular season?

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— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB, on Instagram, and Like him on Facebook.