COLLEGE STATION, TX — This year’s Texas A&M Football season has surprised many.
“I didn’t have high expectations. I still believed in our Aggies, but the expectations weren’t too terribly high and they definitely exceeded them,” said freshman Brian Bullington.
The #5 Aggies exceeded expectations as they sat on the edge of the College Football Playoff conversation for most of the season.
Amid game cancellations, postponements, and makeup games, the Aggies put themselves in a great spot to go to this year’s CFB Playoff.
“This season has just been... it’s been like the first season that felt like Johnny in 2012,” said Cole Geist with Aggieland Outfitters.
On Sunday, the selection committee left A&M out of the 2020 CFB Playoff, instead choosing Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
Aggieland was left disappointed.
“We had everything prepared for the playoffs. It was hats, footballs, jerseys, sweaters, everything you could’ve imagined, we had it prepared because we really believed we were going to go. We just felt like the football team had just shown that they were worth it, and Coach Fisher had just done such an excellent job,” said Geist.
Players and coaches took to social media to voice their frustrations. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher says while it's disappointing, it's time to focus on the next game.
“It’s like having a bad play. You get disappointed for a minute, then you play the next play. I mean you move on, that's life. We had a great opportunity, and we’ve had a great year. We’ve done great things and we put ourselves in a great position to be in it, but we weren’t. So, now it’s time to move on,” he said.
The Aggies have accepted their invitation to the Orange Bowl to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on January 2.
“It’s one of the most well ran, classy games you can be a part of. Very excited for A&M to be back, 77 years ago,” said Coach Fisher.
Aggieland Outfitters says they'll have Aggieland covered with all of the Orange Bowl swag.
“We’re still going to have a couple of t-shirt options. We’ll have a short sleeve, long sleeve, different designs, so again it’s a New Year's Six Bowl. It’s fantastic news. We’re so proud of the Aggies. We’re going to have a lot of t-shirt options for you, and we’re looking at future products after the soon to be victory,” said Geist.