MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Jimbo Fisher's fondness of the Orange Bowl goes back to his youth, and he can still remember what a big deal it was to get in front of the television and wrap up every New Year's Day by watching the matchup.
The game means plenty to him.
He'd just rather not have been there this year.
But the Orange Bowl is what awaits Fisher and Texas A&M to end this season, after they fell one spot shy of a berth in the College Football Playoff. The Aggies (8-1) will take on North Carolina (8-3) in the game on Jan. 2.
“We're in a New Year's 6 game against a great opponent and we're very happy to be there," Fisher said. “There's no frustration at all."
Well, that's not exactly true.
Fisher lobbied for the Aggies to get one of the four playoff spots, saying Saturday that “if you’re going to pick the best four teams, we’re one of them.” And Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond didn't hide his thoughts when the playoff matchups — Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Clemson vs. Ohio State — were announced: “JOKE," he tweeted.
“Does A&M deserve to be in? Absolutely," North Carolina coach Mack Brown said.