The last time Florida visited Texas A&M, it became an inflection point for the Aggies.
A week removed from a 28-point loss at Alabama, Jimbo Fisher entered 1-8 against top-10 teams in his A&M tenure and 0-7 versus top-five teams. A need for validation hung over Kyle Field on Oct. 10, 2020.
Texas A&M’s 41-38 win over the No. 4 Gators that day proved pivotal.
“That’s how you change a program, that’s how you change a culture,” Fisher said afterward. “You line up and win your box. Football’s a game a will. You can’t let them break it no matter what’s going on.”
The Aggies didn’t lose again, finished 9-1 and flirted with the College Football Playoff. After beating North Carolina in the Orange Bowl, which landed the Aggies fourth in the postseason polls, Fisher proclaimed, “We ain’t done yet,” which became an informal slogan for the program in the aftermath.
The Gators return Saturday to College Station, and much has changed. A&M’s recruiting took off as it inked the No. 1 class in the 2022 cycle and the highest-rated class of all time according to the 247Sports Composite. Fisher signed a massive contract extension and the Aggies upset Alabama in 2021.
But A&M’s record under Fisher since defeating Florida isn’t much different than it was before the teams last met. The Aggies were 18-10 in the 28 games under Fisher before they played the Gators, and they’re 18-9 in the 27 games since. Going back to the start of the 2021 season, the Aggies are a mere 11-9. Against FBS opponents the past two seasons, A&M is 9-9.
The Aggies are again at a critical point in their program trajectory. They’re 3-5 with four consecutive losses, their longest skid under Fisher and longest since 2005.