I think the biggest concern with TAMU is the placement of the game coupled with their explosiveness. MSU didn't give us a close game the last few years but we've frequently sputtered around in the first half. I think a lot it had to do with the physical and mental hangover of a game like those against LSU. TAMU is a team that we don't want to start slow against. They come out hot out of the gate every week it seems and a game where it takes a half for us to get into the flow may be a game we struggle to win in the end.
They're probably the most coherent offensive football team we'll see this season. They are very balanced with a solid OL that may only be bested by Alabama in terms of NFL futures. Their tailbacks have been very successful and their QB is elusive in the pocket. The receivers are not little Wes Welker types, they've got some NFL-sized receivers and Swope is a great slot guy who can abuse our proclivity to use 3 safeties over a true nickelback corner.
The key will be to keep the broken plays at a minimum. We've consistently sought to keep these types of QBs in the pocket but unlike Tebow and Cam, this guy is a short QB. I think sacks are an afterthought, leverage on the edge and getting hands up to muddy the picture in the pocket can be just as successful as a bunch of sacks. Also, don't think this team will abandon running right at us. They will trust their OL to make blocks and I think they can win their share. We aren't getting the Texas Tech offense, this is a balanced spread-to-run type offense with a lot of the old Air Raid concepts on top of a "traditional" run blocking attack. It isn't all draws, traps, and passes.
rgw, I've watched enough Aggie football to know their run plays aren't usually designed to run right at you.
They gashed MSU on some simple inside zone plays last week. Of course, that is MSU and this is Alabama...
Our rankings don't mean anything if we don't perform up to those standards. The only reason such and such can't beat us with the run and/or the pass is if we come out and prove it. Mettenberger shouldn't have had that kind of game against us but he did because we didn't perform. If we don't perform, we can get burned for 300+ in the passing game; if we don't perform, we can get gashed in the running game. I don't care that A&M beat two poor teams...they've won two straight road SEC games and their only losses are to Florida and LSU. I hope our coaches have a good game plan and that our players execute it to perfection.
“Louisiana is a fresh-air mental asylum.”
― James Lee Burke, Pegasus Descending
I think the Ags are a bonafide threat and I, for one, would be happy with a 1 point victory.
Roll Tsunami, Roll!
4-2-5 defense, just like the IB 2010.
A mix of blitzes while in contain on the edges. He'll have no where to run, but to the ground on a tackles for loss.
Our offense will be a bigger key to this game than our defense. We need to keep him off the field. Put together those nice and long 5 minute running drives. We need to control the time of possesion.