CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 12 Texas A&M hasn't let go of its close loss to Clemson last year.
The Aggies rallied from a 14-point deficit last season vs the Tigers in the final quarter and came within a two-point conversion from sending the game into overtime before losing 28-26. The defeat fueled No. 1 Clemson's run to the national championship.
It also left Texas A&M angry and hungry for another chance.
"We have all the motivation we need from last year," Texas A&M tailback Jashaun Corbin said. "We felt like we let it slip."
Clemson (1-0) took its escape and flew off to a national title. The Tigers carry a 16-game win streak into today's contest, one shy of the school's all-time mark set in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
They looked as strong as ever in a 52-14 opening victory against Georgia Tech, Clemson tailback Travis Etienne rushing for a career high 205 yards with touchdown runs of 90, 48 and 14 yards.
No matter to the Aggies (1-0), who sound confident that this year will be different.
Offensive lineman Jared Hocker said there "would be an upset" this weekend.
Receiver Kendrick Rogers said he and some Texas A&M teammates created a group chat after Clemson won the title about how close they came to toppling the Tigers.
"We had a little doubt this year, but this year we have no doubt," he said.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney likes the makeup of his team, but understands they have to prove themselves on the field. The defense lost seven starters from a year ago and A&M with quarterback Kellen Mond will severely test the new group.
"This is one of best teams in the country," Swinney said of the Aggies. "They have us ranked No. 1, but I don't know if we've earned that. We don't know what we are."
Today's SEC Schedule
11 a.m. — West Virginia at Missouri, ESPN2
11 a.m. — Charleston Southern at South Carolina, SEC Network
11 a.m. — Vanderbilt at Purdue, BTN
2:30 p.m. — Texas A&M at Clemson, ABC
2:30 p.m. — Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State, ESPNU
3 p.m. — New Mexico State at Alabama, SEC Network
3 p.m. — Murray State at Georgia, ESPN2
6 p.m. — BYU at Tennessee, ESPN
6:30 p.m. — Arkansas at Ole Miss, SEC Network
6:30 p.m. — LSU at Texas, ABC
6:30 p.m. — Tulane at Auburn, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. — UT-Martin at Florida, ESPNU
6:30 p.m. — Eastern Michigan at Kentucky, SEC Network