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Texas A&M released its 2018 football schedule on Tuesday, and it looks downright tough. The Aggies play seven games at the cozy confines of Kyle Field, but the opponents and scheduling arrangements will most likely present some challenges.

Most notable is that Texas A&M will play both Clemson and Alabama in a 15-day span early in the season. Those two schools played in the national championship game each of the last two seasons — splitting the titles — and are the top two teams in the country right now.

The Aggies open with three home games and end with three home games, meaning they’ll play on the road in four of five weeks in the middle of the season.

After a home opener against Northwestern State University from Louisiana on Sept. 1, the Aggies will host 2016 national champion Clemson on Sept. 8. Clemson is currently ranked No. 2 in all polls and are projected to make the College Football Playoff for a third-straight year this season.

Texas A&M will host Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 15, and the first road game of the season will be at Alabama on Sept. 22. The Aggies usually play the Crimson Tide the first week in October.

The Aggies will once again play Arkansas in the Southwest Classic at AT&T stadium in Arlington, and the only home game of October follows with Kentucky on Oct. 6.

Three-straight SEC road games will come at South Carolina (Oct. 13), Mississippi State (Oct. 20) and Auburn (Nov. 3).

The season ends with three home games against Ole Miss (Nov. 10), UAB (Nov. 17) and LSU on a Saturday night instead of Thanksgiving.

All games will be on Saturdays, but the times have yet to be determined.

2018 Texas A&M Football Schedule
Sept. 1 Northwestern State
Sept. 8 Clemson
Sept. 15 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 22 at Alabama
Sept. 29 vs Arkansas (at AT&T Stadium, Arlington)
Oct. 6 Kentucky
Oct. 13 at South Carolina
Oct. 27 at Mississippi State
Nov. 3 at Auburn
Nov. 10 Ole Miss
Nov. 17 UAB
Nov. 24 LSU

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