The beginning of the Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M will start sooner than expected.
Two days sooner in fact.
The Aggies announced that their 2018 football season would kick off on Aug. 30 against Northwestern State, as opposed to the originally scheduled Sept. 1 start date. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
“We appreciate the SEC highlighting our season opener with Coach Jimbo Fisher in prime time,” Scott Woodward, Texas A&M Director of Athletics, said in a statement. “We also appreciate the cooperation of President Young and our faculty and staff at Texas A&M University working with us to bring this game to the country.”
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“Although six months out, we always look forward to the start of the school year and our next football season, and this year to also welcoming new coach Jimbo Fisher,” said Michael K. Young, President, Texas A&M University. “A campus task force is underway to account for class, parking, transportation schedules and other logistics in order to keep university business on track while hosting a great game that night.”
The last time Texas A&M hosted a Thursday night regular season game, not played on Thanksgiving, was a 44-31 win over Texas State in 2005.
Texas A&M 2018 football schedule
Aug. 30 vs. Northwestern State, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Clemson
Sept. 15 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 22 at Alabama
Sept. 29 vs. Arkansas (AT&T Stadium)
Oct. 6 vs. Kentucky
Oct. 13 at South Carolina
Oct. 27 at Mississippi State
Nov. 3 at Auburn
Nov. 10 vs. Ole Miss
Nov. 17 vs. UAB
Nov. 24 vs. LSU