There is a different feeling around the Texas A&M football team this year. Last season, there was not nearly as much excitement, with the Aggies coming off a trio of 8-5 campaigns in a row. Now, though, things are different.

After Kevin Sumlin was dismissed as the head coach following the 2017 season, Texas A&M made the biggest hire in its history. The Aggies lured Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State. One of only four current coaches with a national championship, Fisher had turned down several programs each of the past few offseasons. However, A&M went after him early and made it so he was unable to say no.

Fisher has already shown results on the recruiting trail. He put together a staff known for landing top targets. After closing out the 2018 class with eight commitments on Signing Day, Fisher and Co. have been landing almost all of their in-state targets in 2019 as they currently sit with the nation's No. 3 class.

Now, A&M fans are curious to see how quickly he turns things around on the field as well.

That could be a tall order this season. Though the team will almost assuredly be better than in 2017, the schedule is incredibly. A midseason stretch with three-straight road games all against ranked teams is tough, but that is not even the part that has received the most attention. After opening the season on a Thursday vs. FCS program Northwestern State, the Aggies will then play No. 2 Clemson at Kyle Field. Two weeks later, the team will travel to take on No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Even most diehard A&M fans have their expectations tempered for that early season slate. To play the top two teams in the country in a three-game span is the definition of an uphill battle. However, at least one publication sees the Aggies pulling off a shocker.

Athlon Sports has listed its 10 biggest predicted upsets of the 2018 college football season in the SEC. The media outlet has Texas A&M over Clemson as its top upset of the season.

"Time to dream big at the No. 1 spot, right? This Week 2 tilt is a sneaky-good pick for one of the most surprising upsets of the season. Kevin Sumlin recruited well at Texas A&M, leaving new coach Jimbo Fisher plenty of talent for a quick ascension in College Station. Fisher went 4-4 against Dabo Swinney’s Clemson program while at Florida State, so give him home-field advantage at Kyle Field and the element of surprise with a new roster and he may be able to take down the defending ACC champions."

Fisher is certainly familiar with Swinney, which could give the Aggies a bit of an advantage. The Tigers will also still be trying to figure out their quarterback situation as veteran Kelly Bryant and incoming five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence are both looking for the starting job. If there is to be an upset, A&M seemingly gets Clemson at the right time.

Though it would still be considered a huge upset - thus its place at No. 1 on the list - it is interesting to see that a non-A&M-based publication thinks it can happen.

Also, if A&M pulls off a stunner, it would make the Week Four game vs. Alabama a huge one.