Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher embraces difficult schedule

Says Aggies are not a "spoiler"

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – Texas A&M's schedule looks pretty brutal this season. Coach Jimbo Fisher can't wait to get it started.

If the Aggies are going to be among the best teams in the country this season, they'll have to beat some of the nation's preseason favorites. According to Fisher, he expects to be right there with them by the end of the season.

"We don't want to spoil anything. We want to take care of our own," Fisher said on Tuesday at SEC media days. "They're all great teams, but we expect to play with them, compete with them and win those games. That's why we're here."

The Aggies play Clemson, Alabama and Georgia this year and all three of those programs will likely be among the preseason top five.

Texas A&M finished with a 9-4 record last season, including a 5-3 mark in the SEC. The Aggies are expected to be competitive again thanks to an experienced offense that includes junior quarterback Kellen Mond, who threw for 3,107 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions last year.

Mond says the team is reminded of the tough schedule every day during weightlifting and other workouts and that "it's a really good opportunity for us."