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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher at his introductory press conference in 2017, C. Morgan Engel - USA TODAY Sports

It seems weird to view it from this perspective, but Alabama football has been at its best when other schools are being discussed more. Louisiana State University was once the program that consistently challenged the Crimson Tide.

With Les Miles at the helm, there was a five-year period (2007-11) where both schools were looked at as 1A and 1B of college football. 

Since Miles’ departure, due to a lack of evolution on offense, no team in the SEC West has stood as a perineal thorn in Alabama’s side. In its hiring of Jimbo Fisher from Florida State, Texas A&M University could potentially become that institution. After landing him on a 10-year, $75 million deal and throwing half a billion dollars into its facilities, the Aggies are expecting championships in the coming years from its head man. 

According to Mark Passwaters, TAMU reporter for Rivals.com, the buzz has already started at College Station, Texas.

During Wednesday’s airing of In My Own Words, he talked about how the players and administration staff are openly talking about championships and how Fisher is getting the Aggies to understand physicality in the Southeastern Conference. 

Currently, Texas A&M has the No. 2 signing class in 2019. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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