OT Thriller in Aggieland
First and foremost, a win is a win. It didn’t always look pretty, especially in the 4th quarter, but the team never gave up and fought UCLA’s momentum to pull off the upset. Trevor Knight made some boneheaded plays but he came up clutch with the game on the line. The offensive line and running game were much improved over last year, thank you Jim Turner and Noel Mazzone. And Justin Evans was spectacular in recording 2 interceptions and the game winning pass breakup earning him Nagurski Trophy National Player of the Week and Jim Thorpe Player of the Week.
There is still plenty of room for improvement, but this team is moving in the right direction. More importantly, A&M fans should look around the carnage of week 1 in the SEC and be thanking their lucky stars that we survived with a win. LSU and MSU lost as double digit favorites and Tennessee nearly did the same. Auburn and Ole Miss got outmanned by more talented teams. And the only team that truly looked dominant was Alabama.
A&M has an outstanding opportunity this season. With a veteran line-up at key positions and a defensive end tandem that most NFL teams would swap for, the time is now for A&M to win. Home visits from Tennessee and LSU suddenly look very winnable. MSU, South Carolina, and A&M’s three other non-conference opponents will be outmatched. And with away trips to Auburn and Alabama, the Arkansas game in Dallas, and Ole Miss coming to College Station, I like A&M’s odds to win at least 2 of those 4.
This is not an overreaction to A&M’s season opener. But in surveying the SEC landscape, the time is now for Sumlin to get back to double-digit wins. Anything less and A&M could be stuck in mediocrity for the foreseeable future.
Josh Rosen Struggled with Noise
I still can’t believe UCLA’s QB Josh Rosen said the stadium noise wouldn’t be an issue. I mean, the guy basically challenged a school that practices yelling to yell even louder. Not smart.
Well the 12th man showed up in full force and rained down chants of “50 thousand” at every opportune moment. And there were a lot of them as the defense notched 5 sacks, 10 QB knockdowns, 21 pressures, and 3 interceptions.
But the cherry on top of it all? Jim Mora stated yesterday that some of the UCLA players struggled to hear Josh Rosen in the huddle because of the noise. The noise factor even forced UCLA to take two timeouts and regroup. Basic math Josh, 100k>50k.
Battle of the Bands
Not much to discuss for the upcoming game. The Aggies enter as a 44.5 favorites against Prairie View A&M and should have every expectation of playing backups by the second half. The real question is who will win halftime. After 122 seasons of football, the Noble Men of Kyle Field remain undefeated. And Saturday’s performance was no exception.
However, this week they’re up against something much different. The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band face off against the Prairie View Storm. Stay in your seats for this one; you never know what you might see.