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Texas A&M Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on the Aggies' Schedule

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M Aggies Football

Ainias Smith and the Aggies have three straight SEC road games lined up for October.

Last season may not have gone quite according to plan for the Texas A&M Aggies, but the 2022 campaign looks to be another one of high hopes and expectations for Jimbo Fisher and his program. Texas A&M felt it belonged in the College Football Playoff in 2020 but fell to an 8-4 record last season and outside of the top 25 at the end of the season.

But the Aggies are feeling good about their chances for a big rebound season and to make some noise in the SEC West race this season. After a big recruiting effort in the Class of 2021 and with a roster looking to be healthy in some key positions, the Aggies could easily be in the SEC and playoff mix if a few more games go their way this fall.

Related: Texas A&M 2022 Season Preview and Prediction

Here is a look at Texas A&M's 2022 schedule, ranking games from what should be the easiest on the schedule up to the most difficult tasks at hand for Jimbo Fisher and his Aggies.

12. Nov. 19 vs. UMass

By the time this game is being played, late in the regular season, the UMass program will just be ready to close out the season and cash the check they will be receiving from the Aggies for the November trip to College Station. Texas A&M may sleepwalk its way through this one, but it will absolutely never be in doubt.

11. Sept. 3 vs. Sam Houston

Taking on one of the top FCS programs is a risky move in a season opener, especially when that program can score some in-state pride with a good showing against a quality SEC opponent. The Aggies won't lose in this one, although they may have to overcome a snooze button to the start of the season against the Bearkats.

10. Sept. 10 vs. Appalachian State

Appalachian State is not a program that is intimidated by the challenge of walking into a big stadium against a superior power-conference team, history will show. But the Mountaineers won't quite have enough in the tank to walk out of Kyle Field with a monster win.

9. Nov. 12 at Auburn

Many are counting out Auburn this season, and that may be impacting this game's rating. A road trip to Auburn is hardly easy, but the Aggies appear to be far better off going into this season than the Tigers.

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8. Sept. 17 vs. Miami (Fla.)

There appears to be some rejuvenated enthusiasm about Miami's future, but the Hurricanes have some work to do before they can walk into a matchup like this and be a legitimate threat.

7. Oct. 1 at Mississippi State

Mississippi State stunned the Aggies in College Station last season, taking a little more steam out of the anticipated matchup with Alabama the following week. This time, the Aggies have to travel to Starkville and deal with the cowbell nation.

6. Oct. 22 at South Carolina

The Aggies mopped the floor with South Carolina last season, winning 44-14 at home. But a trip to Columbia can level the playing field enough to make this a legitimate upset alert situation for Texas A&M.

5. Nov. 5 vs. Florida

The Gators roll into town in early November for a game that could be pivotal for each team in their respective division races. Florida should give Texas A&M some good battles, but the Aggies should still have some stronger threats to worry about on the schedule.

4. Sept. 24 vs. Arkansas (Arlington, Texas)

Texas A&M lost its top-10 ranking last season in this annual rivalry game with Arkansas, so mark this one as a big revenge situation for the Aggies. Arkansas used its win over A&M to fuel a big season for the Razorbacks, but as long as the Aggies don't have injury issues to sort through, this could be a different result.

3. Nov. 26 vs. LSU

This game could easily be moved down the pecking order if things don't come together for Brian Kelly and LSU this fall, but the Tigers did top the Aggies in their final game of the regular season last season, 27-24. If anything can be said about this series, it has a very good chance of going down to the wire.

2. Oct. 29 vs. Ole Miss

Ole Miss got the better of Texas A&M last season, and the Rebels aren't about to slow down their scoring offense this season. Lane Kiffin has something cooking with Ole Miss that could give the Texas A&M defense some fits.

1. Oct. 8 at Alabama

After Alabama gave up 41 points to Texas A&M in last season's meeting, a 41-38 victory for Texas A&M, you better believe Nick Saban has this game in Tuscaloosa mentally circled with payback on his mind. There will be no more challenging matchup for Texas A&M to deal with after the way last season's game went down in College Station. Alabama's defense will be far more prepared for this matchup, and Texas A&M scoring twice may be the limit.

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