Mizzou is like that crazy ex that keeps showing up at your house long after you’ve broken up. She insists that it’s chance happenings, when really we all know the truth. Seriously though, did anyone else look at the 2015 schedule and embrace the noticeable absence of Mizzou? It was a beautiful sight.
Due to scheduling quirks the last two years in the Big 12 and the first 3 years in the SEC, the Aggies and Tigers have faced off for five years straight now despite never being in the same division. Four of those matchups have taken place at Kyle Field with Mizzou hold a 3-1 edge during that time. Saturday presents an opportunity for revenge and to kick them out of our life once and for all.
Gig ‘Em Ags and BTHO mizzou!
The Aggies kick off against Missouri at 6:30PM C.T. at Kyle Field. The game will be televised on SECNetwork and the WatchESPN app.
The Missouri Tigers have quietly worked their way into first place in the SEC East with a formidable defense and a tolerable offense. Led by sophomore Maty Mauk, the offense averages just 330 yards per game, good for 13th best in the SEC. On 254 passing attempts, Mauk has thrown 18 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and has a 52.4% completion rate. Senior Bud Sasser is Mauk’s favorite target and has caught 46 passes for 618 yards and 8 touchdowns. Shut him down, and the Tigers could struggle a great deal to put points on the board.
Defensively, the Tigers are led by All-American defensive end Shane Ray. The junior has notched 12 sacks and 50 tackles. He is an elite presence and will do his best to rattle true freshman Kyle Allen. The Aggie offensive line will be key here and could very well be the difference maker in Saturday’s matchup. In addition to Shane Ray, senior safety Braylon Webb has proven to be a ball hawk this season. So far he has 4 interceptions and 2 pass breakups. Luckily, the Aggies catch a break and will not face him until the second half due to a targeting suspension.
Texas A&M Preview
Texas A&M shocked the nation last week in beating #3 Auburn. While many media personalities chose to focus on Auburn’s late game fumbles, Kyle Allen’s impressive outing has been largely overlooked. The true freshman can sling it and displayed some very impressive throws throughout the game. More importantly, he stretched the field and attacked the middle. This kept the defense honest and allowed the Aggies to also have a very productive running game. Missouri will be without two key starters in the secondary, and Kyle Allen would be wise to attack the fresh faces replacing them.
Defensively, the Aggies must keep everything in front of them. Missouri has struggled throughout the season offensively and is 3rd in the SEC in giveaways. As long as the Aggies provide some pressure and keep Maty Mauk uncomfortable, this Missouri offense should never have a chance to get momentum. The linebacker play will be key here. True freshmen Josh Walker and Otaro Alaka both had monster games last week and look to build off of it. If they keep the Mizzou running game in front of them and take away the check down pass, Mauk will be forced into lots of third and long situations. That’s when we unleash the Myles Garrett.
If you live in any major city, surely you’ve been to Torchy’s by now. But in case you haven’t and want some delicious tacos before the game this weekend, College Station has its very own Torchy’s location now. Order the Trailer Park and Baja Shrimp tacos. You can thank me later.
Afterwards, keep warm at College Station’s local Irish bar, O’Bannons. With over 40 beers on tap, you’re bound to find something you’ve never tried (unless of course you’ve completed the Irish Beer Tour. In that case, well done). Click here for their full beer menu.
The Aggies are a new team. They have fresh faces at QB and the linebacker positions, the offensive line is completely retooled, and their confidence is once again souring. Coach Sumlin did not celebrate last week’s victory long but spoke about maintaining focus on the task ahead. This week is about us. It’s about focus. It’s about shoving those dang tigers out of our house once and for all.