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When Alabama is the third team on your schedule, cupcake teams are no way to prepare for them.
While the Aggies did make a game of it late, had they faced a tougher team in one of the first two weeks, they might have been able to handle the same kind of adversity they faced in the middle quarters. They seemed not to have much of a response during that time, which allowed Alabama to get a 21-point lead—twice.
While colleges set their schedules years in advance, that doesn't stop a team like Alabama from playing a tough out-of-conference opponent like Virginia Tech.
In May, the Aggies cancelled future games with USC (2015-16) and Oregon (2018-19), according to Brett Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.
With a playoff system being instituted as well, one loss would end any hopes of the Aggies competing for a national title if their non-conference schedule is as soft as this year's.
It's no longer about easy wins. It's about showing the conference's dominance over other conference's top teams.