The Texas A&M football team will end the 2020 regular season by traveling to Alabama on Nov. 21 and hosting to LSU seven days later. A&M will open Southeastern Conference play against Arkansas on Sept. 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as the league announced the 2020 schedule Wednesday.
Many are pointing to 2020 as A&M’s time to contend for the College Football Playoff because it will be head coach Jimbo Fisher’s third season in Aggieland. He’ll have a veteran squad and a manageable schedule.
This season, A&M has one of the country’s toughest schedules, facing Clemson, Alabama and Georgia, which were ranked 1-2-3 in the USA Today poll, along with No. 6 LSU. In 2020, the Aggies basically will switch Clemson and Georgia for Colorado and Vanderbilt, neither of which received a vote in the coaches’ poll last week.
All of A&M’s 2020 nonconference games will be at Kyle Field — Abilene Christian (Sept. 5), North Texas (Sept. 12), Colorado (Sept. 19) and Fresno State (Oct. 10). A&M will have only one true road game in the first six weeks, at Mississippi State on Oct. 3. That starts a stretch of three road games in four weeks with trips to Auburn (Oct. 17) and South Carolina (Oct. 24).
The back-to-back finish against Alabama and LSU potentially could be A&M’s toughest finish to the regular since 2013, when the Aggies lost at No. 18 LSU (34-10) and No. 5 Missouri (28-21). A&M also faces a tough back-to-back to close 2019 with road matchups against Georgia and LSU. The 2020 season will be only A&M’s second time to play Alabama in November since joining the SEC. The other was in 2012 on Nov. 10, a 29-24 victory by the Johnny Manziel-led Aggies over the defending national champs. Alabama, which has won six straight in the series since, will play Tennessee-Martin the week before it plays A&M. LSU will be at Auburn before it comes to Kyle Field for the first time since dropping the 74-72 seven-overtime game.
A&M will play eight straight games before getting a bye week on Oct. 31. The last two seasons, the Aggies played seven games without a break, going 5-2 both times.
2020 TEXAS A&M FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Stadium
Sept. 5 vs. Abilene Christian Kyle Field
Sept. 12 vs. North Texas Kyle Field
Sept. 19 vs. Colorado Kyle Field
Sept. 26 vs. Arkansas AT&T Stadium^
Oct. 3 at Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium
Oct. 10 vs. Fresno State Kyle Field
Oct. 17 at Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium
Oct. 24 at South Carolina Williams-Brice Stadium
Oct. 31 BYE
Nov. 7 vs. Ole Miss Kyle Field
Nov. 14 vs. Vanderbilt Kyle Field
Nov. 21 at Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium
Nov. 28 vs. LSU Kyle Field
^neutral site, Arlington