Breaking down Texas A&M’s 2016 schedule
The SEC released its entire 2016 schedule on Thursday and now Aggie football fans can make their fall plans.
The Aggies already had their four non-conference games scheduled – all being home games. The team opens 2016 with UCLA (Sept. 3) and Prairie View A&M (Sept. 10) and then will face New Mexico State (Oct. 29) and UTSA (Nov. 19) in the middle of conference play.
The SEC West matchup against Arkansas will once again be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Aggies will be the designated home team in 2016 since the Razorbacks had the honor this year.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the matchups to pay close attention to in 2016:
Best matchup: Alabama (Oct. 22)
The Week 8 game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. may very well be a matchup between two top 10 teams once again. Regardless of where both teams rank at midseason, you can bet that a handful of NFL scouts and general managers will be at the game to watch an intriguing matchup between Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson.
Toughest matchup: LSU (Nov. 24)
The bad news for Texas A&M fans: Leonard Fournette will be back wearing purple and gold again next season. Fournette isn’t eligible to enter the NFL draft until after the 2016 season, so expect the running back to frustrate the Aggies defense all game long in Week 13. Safety Jamal Adams will also be a junior in 2016, and like many Tigers defensive backs before him, expect him to make plays all season.
Toughest stretch: Nov. 5-24
Next season, the Aggies have the luxury next season of facing two teams from outside of the Power 5 conference teams at home in the middle of conference play. But the four-game stretch in November could be daunting as Texas A&M will have to face the two Mississippi schools, UTSA and LSU to close out the 2016 regular season.
Biggest trap game: Arkansas (Sept. 24)
Arkansas may be unranked and currently 3-4 heading into Week 9, but the Razorbacks kept it very close against the Aggies in September, losing 28-21 in overtime. Expect Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to keep his Razorbacks players very motivated throughout the offseason making next season’s neutral site game against the Aggies in Arlington, Texas all the tougher.