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Texas A&M's Playoff Hopes In Serious Jeopardy After Loss To Mississippi State

Texas A&M loses to Mississippi State.


Texas A&M, to the surprise of many, was the No. 4 team in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. After losing to Mississippi State today, the Aggies' playoff hopes are in peril.

A&M lost quarterback Trevor Knight in the second quarter of today's game in Starkville, and the hits continued from there for the Aggies.

Back-up Jake Hubenak had a nice performance (222 yards, two touchdowns), but he threw an interception on the Aggies' final possession, which sealed the deal. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was dynamic for the Bulldogs. He was 18-for-31 for 209 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and has rushed 20 times for a team-high 182 yards and two additional scores. This impressive four-yard scoring run to put MSU up two touchdowns proved to be the decisive play, as the Bulldogs wound up with a 35-28 win.

The Bulldogs gained 363 yards on the ground as a team, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt, and three touchdowns.

We wouldn't automatically write off Texas A&M's playoff chances because there is a ton that can still happen, but it is hard to imagine a scenario where it would sneak in with two losses at this point. For Mississippi State, this is a huge win in what was a pretty down year overall for Dan Mullen's club. Nick Fitzgerald is no Dak Prescott, but he put together a pretty decent impression on Saturday. Supporters of Washington, Ohio State, and Louisville are big fans of his today.