Preview: Top-25 Matchup Between Texas A&M and Georgia Bulldogs
Following four wins in a row Texas A&M has found themselves back into the AP Top-25 this week prior to heading to Athens to take on the #4 ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
The Aggies have had one of the tougher schedules in college football this season thanks to non-conference scheduling of the defending national champion Clemson Tigers, the typical SEC West gauntlet, and drawing Georgia out of the east.
Though to be quite honest, if you play in the SEC you can guarantee you'll have a top-notch schedule. In fact, 5 of the top-10 teams with the toughest schedules in the country belong in the SEC.
That being said, the Aggies are 7-3 at this point in the season, with their last two games being at Georgia and LSU. Good luck.
Here's everything you need to know about the Aggies:
Texas A&M has outscored opponents 340 to 203 on the season. However, if you take the three games against Non-Power-5 teams out of the equation they've outscored opponents just 192 to 179. So, it goes without saying that they have struggled a bit more with quality opponents.
That being said they are a versatile attack that starts at quarterback. Kellen Mond is one of the more experienced QBs in the country and has the ability to beat you with his legs. He's A&M's second-leading rusher with 400 yards on the season, and he's behind only Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa for the SEC lead in passing yardage.
They play three key freshmen at skill positions:
- RB, Isaiah Spiller: SEC Week 11 Freshman of the week after 217 yards against Miss St.
- TE, Jalen Wydermyer: A matchup problem at the TE position. At 6'5 260 pounds he has the ability to block like an SEC tight end and run like an SEC wideout.
- WR, Ainias Smith: Electrifying. One of the few players on the field for A&M under 6'0 tall, Smith is a burner.
Long, long, and longer. Jimbo Fisher's modus operandi since taking over at A&M appears to be to recruit the tallest and longest players available at every position.
Of the ten defensive backs on their traveling depth chart, none of them are shorter than 6'1.
Linebackers Buddy Johnson and Anthony Hines are solid as well. Johnson is the more traditional linebacker of the two. Hines stands 6'3 and has the athleticism to play in space and match up with receivers in the slot.
They play a pretty standard 4-2-5 defense, though you will see them run several stunts upfront and they will attempt to disguise coverages. Even though they aren't particularly great at it.
The "dude" upfront is hands down #52, Justin Madubuike. He has 9.0 TFLs and 3.5 sacks on the season (both lead the team) and he's third on the team with 37.0 tackles.