COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – The Aggies have been saying all season they are a different team, and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron definitely sees a difference.
"They're tough, they're physical. He's changed the mindset. This is going to be a battle. This is not an old Texas A&M team that we played, this is a physical tough team," said Coach O.
Much has been made this season about Texas A&M changing the narrative, and a big way to keep doing that is beating LSU. The Aggies have lost seven straight against the Tigers and all six meetings as SEC West opponents.
What would a win prove? Center Eric McCoy says, "I think that it'd prove a point that we're here and we're here for the long run."
Wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon agrees. "I think that would be a great thing to put down in the history books. I don't see why we can't do it. Definitely going to be a big part of our season. Not saying that just because it's LSU but we gotta win every game but and SEC opponent, top ten, why not us?"
Running back Trayveon Williams thinks a win would be big. "Over the past few years, over the past years period, in the SEC we've struggled to beat LSU and I think it would be a big time win for this program, this university and a big time win for this team."
"Yeah it would definitely change the narrative of how the season has went. There would be a lot of smiles after the game knowing that we competed all the way through to finish through. That's definitely something Coach Fisher has talked about is finishing the season out the right way and that's what we're going to try to do this weekend," said defensive lineman Kingsley Keke.
Quarterback Kellen Mond added, "They're a top ten ranked team and they're coming into our house so it's going to be a big week for us to prepare. We've got to go in there playing with a lot of confidence and just focus and play our game and that's what we're going to be focused on this week."
For Jimbo Fisher it's about proving the team is better, but also making sure his program is doing it right. "I think any win you have you show proof of progress but at the same time you can win and not do it the right way and not really make progress. You build on a false foundation. I think we've made tremendous progress as I look back at what we're doing, how we're doing it, the way we're in games. But you eventually definitely have to start winning those games. This is important for us and I'm anxious to see us go out and compete."
Aggies and Tigers will kick off at 6:30. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.