Texas A&M football: 5 best seasons in program history

Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
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No. 1: 1939

The 1939 Texas A&M football season edges out the 1919 season for the No. 1 spot on this list thanks to a clear, definitive ending of the year. A&M’s victory over the No. 5 team in the country in the Sugar Bowl to cap off the 1939 football season caps off what was a phenomenal season.

The Aggies were able to have a solid win over a great team at the end of the season as the closing statement for their argument as to why they were the best team in 1939. They just didn’t quite have that sort of win during the 1919 season, and that’s the difference here.

But before we focus too much on that Sugar Bowl win, let’s go through all of A&M’s wins leading up to that game.

Texas A&M bowled right through Oklahoma State in the first game of the season, winning 32-0, and then snagged a couple of wins against Centenary and Santa Clara. After beating Villanova in Tyler, Texas, A&M earned the No. 9 ranking in the country.

The Aggies took that ranking and beat TCU 20-6. That win propelled A&M into the top 5, where the Aggies hung out for a few weeks. Then No. 5 A&M rolled through its next couple of opponents, beating Baylor and Arkansas by a combined score of 47-0. Those dominant wins lifted A&M to No. 2 and set the Aggies up for a pivotal game against No. 13 SMU.

Texas A&M scraped past SMU, winning 6-2. But the Aggies won, and that’s what mattered. They grabbed wins over Rice and Texas to finish out the regular season and were then invited to the Sugar Bowl to face No. 5 Tulane.

A&M came out on top of that Tulane team, winning 14-13 in Tulane’s hometown. That close win over a very good team was good enough to get A&M a chance to claim another national title. All in all, the Aggies had a great year in 1939. They finished undefeated at 11-0, won the Sugar Bowl, and got a national title.

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