New Stadium and New Expectations

As 104,213 Aggies piled into the newly renovated and rebuilt Kyle Field, I couldn’t help but feel that this was the culmination of A&M finally becoming a national football power. For years, A&M has been referred to as a “Sleeping Giant”. Only that someday we would wake and realize our true potential.

After all, the fan support is unparalleled. The commitment to hiring top notch coaches is readily apparent with us money whipping the best defensive coordinator in the nation to the tune of $1.7M. And the new stadium, oh man. It’s just impressive!

But something was missing. The Aggies needed a top notch defense to go along with its high octane offense. And for the second week in a row, it still appears that A&M has it.

After yielding a field goal in Ball State’s first possession, the defense tightened up and didn’t allow a single point the rest of the first half. It was absolutely dominant and included five 3-and-outs, a pick-six from De’Vante Harris, and Daylon Mack chasing down this player.

Offensively, Kyle Allen and company did exactly what we expected this offense to do. He threw 3 touchdown passes and 126 yards in less than 2 quarters of play. Kyler Murray received the lion’s share of snaps in the second half with the game well out of reach.

In all, a 49-3 half time lead was about as good as any Aggie could have expected. Dominant on defense and rolling on offense. But a second half that yielded 20 points and the majority of Ball State’s 361 yards, gives the coaching staff plenty of film to work with.

After dominating performances in back to back weeks, expectations have been reset for this A&M team by the media. They are a contender and are playing at an elite level that few SEC teams are playing at.

With Arkansas losing to Toledo and Auburn nearly doing the same against Jacksonville State, the SEC West appears to be a 4-team race at the top with Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, and A&M. The Aggies have the most favorable schedule in that group – now it’s just a matter of execution.

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