A&M Posts Another Shutout
It’s been a very long time since A&M has been known for their defense. So much so that even the most fervent Aggies are hesitant to chant ‘Wrecking Crew’. But this year John Chavis intends to bring that back. For the first time since 2004, A&M posted a home shutout. However, the last shutout came on the road against Vanderbilt late last season. So in the past 5 games, this A&M defense has pitched two shutouts.
Chavis inherited two All-American defensive ends when he arrived in Aggieland last season. But he has quickly built a unit that is 2-deep and it showed on Saturday. He has taught the cornerbacks to play press-man coverage, the linebackers to fly to the ball, and our defensive ends to pin their ears back and harass the quarterback.
Take it all with a grain of salt though. Yes, it was Prairie View A&M and A&M was a 45 point favorite which they easily covered. But the Aggies have a strong history of scheduling 3-4 cupcake home games every season. The last home shutout coming over a decade ago, provides a little perspective on how far this defense has come.
Next challenge, Auburn. They torched A&M for over 300 yards rushing and a 6 yard-per-carry clip. A year later, will this defensive front seven prove that they can defend the run?
2017 Football Schedule
Last night, the 2017 SEC football schedule was released. First thought, what a great year for road trips; California in September, Florida in October, Mississippi and Louisiana in November. Secondly, this is a very manageable schedule. The 4 away games previously mentioned along with a tough clash at home against Bama should be the toughest challenges.
Projecting ahead A&M could be in a rebuild season next year with losing several defensive talents to the NFL. Also, with Trevor Knight a senior they will need to find a new signal caller for 4th time in as many seasons. But the talent level on the team is more than high enough to win out in non-conference and do some damage in conference.
SEC Play Looms
The road team has won the past 4 seasons, and Vegas odds have been wrong the past 3 seasons. The Ags travel to Jordan-Hare on Saturday and are a 4 point underdog according to Vegas. Yea, you could say that I like our chances.
This game is normally not this early in the year and it seems that some fans are having trouble getting fired up about it.
To help the Auburn fans out, you can relive the Cameron Artis-Payne fumble from 2014 here thanks to the great journalism of Good Bull Hunting.
And Aggie fans won’t be forgetting the 2013 horsecollar anytime soon.