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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher walks the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern State Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Texas A&M first-year football coach Jimbo Fisher knows exactly what to expect from the second-ranked Clemson Tigers for Saturday’s game at Kyle Field after splitting eight games with them while he was at Florida State.

“The good news is you know, the bad news is you know because they do a great job,” said Fisher at Monday’s press conference.

The second-ranked Tigers will allow the Aggies to see where they stand.

“I think it’s great, I really do,” Fisher said. “I think it’s an opportunity for your kids to find out what it’s like  [because] Clemson has been as good as anybody in college football the last few years.”

Fisher said the biggest thing is for A&M to worry about itself, not the Tigers.

“All we can control is us,” he said. “You want to play these games, but more important, you’ve got to prepare to play them.”

That’s why even there’s a buzz around town with ESPN’s CollegeGame Day coming the key is focus.

“You have to approach it that way, no matter who the opponent,” Fisher said. “You’ve got to create the practice habits from within yourself and the preparation habits no matter who you play.”

 A&M’s hopeful to get sophomore linebacker Anthony Hines III back, but junior defensive end Michael Clemons remains out, Fisher said.

"[Hines] should be practicing this week and should be able to play," Fisher said. 

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I liked what I saw in the first game although it was just a non conference game and Fisher is just getting used to his new job. I saw more discipline already and that’s been absent under 6 years of Sumlin who was probably the laziest coach we’ve ever had. Fisher will have a lot of catching up to do because of this but he definitely is championship minded, something that’s been lacking from the program for years and definitely not seen in the last 3 coaches.

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