Why not us? Why not today? Crazy things happen for Aggie football when the 2nd week in November hits.
First, there was the matchup against #1 Oklahoma on November 9, 2002. The Aggies were breaking in freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal and hoped he would provide a spark for the offense. He did just that on the way to a 30-26 win. The man calling plays that day? Coach Kevin Sumlin.
Ten years later the Aggies rolled into Tuscaloosa to face #1 Alabama on November 10, 2012. Leading the Aggie offense was unknown freshman Johnny Manziel. After a 29-24, everyone knew who the freshman phenom was. The man in charge that day? Coach Kevin Sumlin.
Fast forward to today, and the Aggies roll into Auburn to face the #3 team in the nation. True freshman Kyle Allen gets the nod in hopes to provide a spark for this A&M offense. And who leads this team once again? Coach Kevin Sumlin.
In all 3 games, the Aggies were given no chance to win. In all 3 games Vegas listed A&M as a double digit underdog. In all 3 games, a freshman quarterback and Coach Kevin Sumlin orchestrated the Aggie offense. Like I said, crazier things have happened.
The Aggies kick off against Auburn at 2:30PM C.T. at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS.
This team is good, really good. The 2013 SEC Champs have one of the most impressive college football resumes to date with wins at #7 Kansas State, vs #16 LSU, and at #11 Ole Miss. Their only loss this season is to top ranked Mississippi State in Starkville. The offense is built to score as they return Heisman finalist Nick Marshall who has passed for 1,357 yards and rushed for another 631 yards. If the dual threat wasn’t enough, Auburn boasts one of the top running backs in the SEC with Cameron Artis-Payne. The scat-back Senior is just 31 yards shy of breaking 1,000 yards rushing on the season. He could very well eclipse that bench mark today.
Defensively, Auburn is on pace to be statistically improved over their 2013 breakout season. Last year they gave up 420 yards a game and 6 yards per play. So far this season, they are giving up 378 yards a game and 5.3 yards per play. Still a far cry from leading the SEC in defense, but a clear sign that things are headed in the right direction. They are led by junior linebacker Cassanova McKinzy who has 75 tackles and 21 tackles for loss. If the Aggie lineman are not on their A game, then it could be a long night for Kyle Allen.
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It’s all about the freshman today. Kyle Allen was not given the usual playbook last week. Instead, the coaching staff opted for a very vanilla scheme that had no resemblance of what the Aggies run. My money says that it was intentional, as the coaching staff didn’t want to provide Auburn any game film of Kyle Allen running the typical offense. The other man to keep an eye out for is Speedy Noil. The 5-star freshman needs to have a breakout game for the Aggies to be in this one. Not to be greedy but I’m hoping a punt return touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and over 250 all-purpose yards.
Defensively, the Aggies must play their best game of the season. Auburn represents arguably the most difficult offense this Aggie defense has seen. They run the ball very well and Nick Marshall will beat you with his arms and legs. True freshmen linebackers Josh Walker and Otaro Alaka need to grow up quick and keep the running game in front of them. The defensive line led by true freshman Myles Garrett needs to win the line of scrimmage battle all day long. Keep the running game in check and anything is possible. The one thing that those other upsets had in common was a dominant defensive performance that held the #1 team in the nation to an average of 25 points. Do that again, and the Aggie offense will have a chance.
Auburn, AL has several delicious options when it comes to barbecue. None are better than Price’s Barbecue House with their pork sandwich and in house barbecue sauce. Don’t forget about the sides and desserts. Everything is made from scratch and the Price family has created a great environment for Auburn fans and visiting guests alike.
Afterwards, make your way over to The Hound where they have a great selection of beers on tap. Looking for a good IPA? They’ve got Hopsecutioner and Monkeynaut. Prefer a witbeer? They offer Hoegarden Original White Ale and Yellowhammer Belgian White. Located right on Magnolia where all of the campus night-life is.
This game isn’t about those trailer trash tigers. It’s about us. It’s about revenge. Last year Gus Malzahn escaped Kyle Field with 45-41 thanks to a Manziel injury and a missed horsecollar. Seriously! How do the refs miss that?! This year, the Aggies roll into Jordan-Hare Stadium with revenge in mind. This team is talented enough to beat anyone, but they have yet to play a complete game all season. Why not today? Why not on this 2nd week in November?