Following a Cotton Bowl victory and with key players Edd Hargett and Bill Hobbs returning, A&M was tabbed as the No. 13 team going into the season. However, the team fell in the first game of the season to No. 20 LSU, 13-12. The Tigers came back from a 12-0 deficit despite 220 passing yards from Hargett. A win over Tulane had the Aggies back in the top 20 as running back Larry Stegent ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns. The team lost to Florida State the following week and followed that up with a loss to Texas Tech. The Aggies finished the year going 2-4, culminating in a 35-14 blowout to James Street and No. 6 Texas. In a season where the Aggies were expected to contend for another conference crown, A&M finished 3-7. Hobbs was named an All-American for the second consecutive season, becoming the first Aggie to do so since Charlie Krueger in 1956 and 1957. Hargett became the school's all-time leading passer. He and Hobbs both graduated and moved onto the NFL.