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Texas A&M football had a solid season in 2018 at 9-4, finishing the season No. 16 in the final College Football Playoff Poll after blowing out NC State in the 2018 Gator Bowl.

A&M also came dangerously close to beating Clemson at home early on too. The Aggies lost just 28-26, which is a lot closer than Alabama came on Monday. All and all, head coach Jimbo Fisher's first year in College Station went pretty well, and the team appears to be on the rise.

Which makes their opening odds to win the 2020 CFP via FanDuel Sportsbook all the stranger, especially for a team that opened at No. 9 in the first 2019 Way-Too-Early Top-25 Poll

A&M has double the odds of Nebraska, who didn't even make a bowl game this year. The odds are saying that a 2018 Cornhuskers team that started 0-6 and finished 4-8 is twice as likely to win it all next year than this 9-4 Texas A&M team heading into next season. 

It is a bit ridiculous, but before we get too outraged let's take a look at the Aggies' schedule for next season. 

The Aggies have to travel to Clemson and take on the reigning champs at Death Valley in Week 2, then two weeks later they play Auburn. After a bye week, they welcome Alabama to Kyle Field. The schedule weakens a bit in the middle of the season, but the Aggies finish the year by traveling to Georgia and LSU in consecutive weeks. 

That's three very difficult road games and a matchup with Alabama. That's at least four games where they'll be underdogs and we don't know how good the other SEC teams will be next year. 

It's a tough break for an Aggies team that does seem to be moving in the right direction. On the other hand, if they can take two or even three of these games, they'll likely be playing in a New Year's Six Bowl and maybe even the CFP with that strength of schedul. 

But as we enter the new season, the odds are certainly not in Texas A&M's favor. 

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