When do Alabama and Texas A&M play each other in 2022? Jimbo Fisher vs. Nick Saban feud makes upcoming match-up must see TV

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On Thursday, Jimbo Fisher chose violence. 

Striking back hard against Alabama coach Nick Saban for suggesting the Aggies buy players under the new NIL rules, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher went on an all-out verbal dress-down of the Crimson Tide head coach.

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said in his fiery press conference. Go dig into how God did his deal. You may find out about a guy, a lot of things you don’t want to know. You make him the czar of college football. Go dig into his past.”

So, what prompted such a response?

At an event promoting the World Games 2022 on Wednesday, Saban launched a tirade against NIL deals while also implicating Texas A&M and Jackson State as some of college football’s biggest abusers of the rule.

MORE: Nick Saban calls out Texas A&M, Jackson State for buying players

“We were second in recruiting last year, A&M was first,” Saban said. “A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”

Fisher fired back on Thursday, taking part in a 20-minute press conference where he batted down Saban’s allegations, all while offering his own pointed criticisms of the legendary Crimson Tide coach.

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“This is the second time we’ve had to do this with grown men, who don’t get their way, who wanna pout and throw a fit and act up,” Fisher said. “Just go ask all the people who work for him. They know exactly what he’s about.”

“You coach with people like Bobby Bowden, and you learn how to do things,” he added. “You coach with other people, you learn how not to do things. There’s a reason why people (say), ‘I ain’t going back to work with him.'”

I was taught when I was young if you cheat or lie daddy would slap you upside the head. Maybe someone should’ve slapped him.

It was the type of back-and-forth we just don’t see in collegiate athletics nowadays. And it had people thinking, what will the reception be like when the Crimson Tide and Aggies, both foes in the SEC, play each other this season. Sporting News has you covered.

When do Alabama and Texas A&M play?

  • Date: Oct. 8
  • Time: TBD

Alabama faces off against Texas A&M on Oct. 8. The intra-conference matchup has long been one of the most-watched games of the college football season. And although the Crimson Tide have had the brunt of recent success, beating the Aggies in four of the last five seasons, Fisher and Texas A&M scored a momentous victory at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Fisher’s squad scored 10 points in three minutes, including the game-winning field goal as time expired, to beat Alabama, 41-38.

It was the first time Fisher had beaten the Crimson Tide since joining the Aggies’ program back in 2018. 

Where do Alabama and Texas A&M play?

Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Alabama will host Texas A&M at its bear pit of a stadium, the Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa. It seems likely the atmosphere will be electric when the two sides face off; the Crimson Tide faithful treat Saban like a real-life superhero and look poised to get on Fisher and his players’ backs.

Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher’s relationship, history

Looking at the statements made by both over the past 24 hours, the Saban-Fisher relationship seems to have crumbled. And quickly. 

Saban and Fisher’s professional relationship began in 2000 when they shared the sidelines at LSU. Saban was the head coach, Fisher was the offensive coordinator. The two were thick as thieves during their time at Baton Rouge, so much so that Fisher has repeatedly mentioned Saban as one of his coaching mentors. They coached together at LSU until 2004.

Saban pushed the offensive guru to helm the Crimson’s Tide’s defense when he returned to the college game after a quick cup of coffee in the NFL.

However, Fisher had bigger aspirations. He took over at Florida State and won a national championship in 2013. After a sparkling eight years in Tallahassee, Fisher went to Texas A&M.

The two remained good friends throughout Fisher’s time as a head coach. Both are West Virginia boys who have struck it big at the college level. Both are some of the top recruiters in the nation, regularly competing for the nation’s best recruits.

They even threw sly jabs at one another last season ahead of the Aggies’ clash with the Crimson Tide on Oct. 9.

When asked about whether it will take Saban’s retirement for another team to launch a campaign for top dog in college football, Fisher responded, “We’re going to beat his ass.”

“Check back in 2026 or so, folks,” he added.

Saban responded humorously.

“In golf?” Saban asked with a smirk. It drew laughter from reporters.

Nonetheless, if Fisher’s words are to be believed, it seems the relationship is scorched, finished, dead and buried.

“It’s despicable, that a reputable head coach, could come out and say this when he doesn’t get his way,” Fisher said. “Or when things don’t go his way. The narcissist in him doesn’t allow those things to happen.”

When reporters asked if Saban had reached out to Fisher to explain his comments, Fisher was adamant there would be no talking.

“Not going to. We’re done. He showed you who he is. He’s the greatest ever, huh?” Fisher said.

Jeez, talk about a messy breakup.

Circle your calendars.

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