What in the World is Happening in College Station?
College Station, TX is not a fun place to be right now as a football fan.
After Texas A&M signed what was hyped up by many to be the greatest recruiting class of all time, most people expected Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies to build off of the success they had last year. They may have gone 8-4, but beating last year's Alabama team was no small feat.
That has simply not happened. The Aggies are an abysmal 3-4. Their only three wins have come against a vastly inferior Sam Houston State team, a shaky Miami Hurricanes squad, and Arkansas. Against the Razorbacks, they survived by a handful of inches on a game-winning kick attempt.
The losses paint an even better picture. The Aggies got stunned at home by Appalachian State, blown out on the road by a disappointing Mississippi State team, and got outplayed by Shane Beamer's Gamecocks.
In fairness, they were one play away from upsetting Alabama in Tuscaloosa when Jalen Milroe filled in for Bryce Young.
Fisher is now the proud owner of a record worse than that of one Kevin Sumlin at the same point in their tenures in College Station. The biggest difference between the two? Sumlin got run out of town for his mediocrity while Fisher has been made one of the highest paid coaches in college football. His buyout is in the ball park of $90 million.
It gets worse. That "greatest recruiting class of all time" is now down three of its members, each being regarded as a top 55 player in the nation in their class. Denver Harris, a former 5-star cornerback, Chris Marshall, a former four-star wide receiver, and PJ Williams, a former four-star offensive lineman, have all been suspended indefinitely.
The news comes following an incident that occurred after A&M's loss to South Carolina. Rumors are abundant as to what happened, but the school is keeping the reason for the suspension internal.
One player even went as far to call the locker room "silent and fragmented" following the loss.
Beyond Fisher's inability to keep his highly touted freshmen in check, injuries have started to pile up, too. Offensive linemen Bryce Foster, Aki Ogunbiyi, and Jordan Spasojevic-Moko, are all out for the year.
All hope is not lost yet. A&M has five games left, four of which are at home. In order, they'll face Ole Miss, Florida, Auburn, UMass, and LSU, with the lone road game being in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
If the Aggies can muster wins in three of those games, they'll be bowl eligible. If not, things could get properly ugly quickly down in Texas. Even uglier than $2 tickets to an SEC football game.