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

*SEC games

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