Jimbo Fisher’s first season at Texas A&M ended with a four-game winning streak that had the Aggies ranked 16th in the final Top 25 poll. He’s 3-3 at the halfway point of his second season which has disappointed some, but not Fisher who understands fans’ frustration.
“We got work to do and we go to work and we’re going to get better each and every day,” Fisher said. “I’m the same way [as fans in wanting results]. I want fans to have the expectations to want to be good and wanting to win. And we do too as coaches.”
A&M dropped to 0-3 against ranked teams with a 47-28 loss to top-ranked Alabama on Saturday. The Aggies, who had started slow in losses to top-ranked Clemson and eighth-ranked Auburn, opened with 15 straight positive plays for a 7-0 lead. The Crimson Tide rebounded for a 34-13 lead, but after the Aggies scored to pull within 34-20, it got the ball back only to be called for a personal foul after picking up a first down. Alabama scored after a 42-yard punt return then scored again off a blocked punt to put the game.
A&M has often failed in game’s big moments.
“You gotta understand and be in them,” Fisher said. “Just like, when you score and go up 7-nothing. Coming out and getting a stop, making sure you get a stop, making sure you get a stop, then you get it back and score and go up two scores.”
A&M will open second-half play with four games it will be favored in starting at Ole Miss on Saturday.
“I still feel very good about where we’re at and what’s going on and the direction we’re going,” Fisher said. “The kids are playing very hard. I can watch the film and watch us get better. Recruiting is going well, so I feel very confident in what we’re doing.”
A&M’s game against Mississippi State on Oct. 26 at Kyle Field will kick at 11 a.m. and be televised by the SEC Network.