Mississippi State Football First Look: Texas A&M

Mississippi State First look Texas A&M

Mississippi State football meets Texas A&M on Saturday in Starkville. Here is your first look at Texas A&M.

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Texas A&M Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Sam Hous St W 31-0 Home
09/10 App State L 14-17 Home
09/17 Miami (FL) W 17-9 Home
09/24 Arkansas W 23-21 Neutral
10/01 Miss State 4:00 pm Away
10/08 Alabama 8:00 pm Away
10/22 S Carolina 8:00 pm Away
10/29 Mississippi 8:00 pm Home
11/05 Florida 1:00 pm Home
11/12 Auburn 12:00 pm Away
11/19 U Mass 12:00 pm Home
11/26 LSU 12:00 pm Home

Key Stats (per game)

Stat Texas A&M Mississippi St
Scoring Offense 21.2 37.2
Scoring Defense 11.8 21.2
Total Offense 321.0 431.8
Rushing Offense 127.2 80.8
Passing Offense 193.8 351.0
Team Passing Eff. 140.2 159.1
Total Defense 330.0 319.2
Rushing Defense 176.8 113.5
Pass Yards Allowed 153.2 205.8
Team Pass Eff. Def. 102.87 109.15
Turnover Margin 0.25 -0.50

Texas A&M Injuries and Suspensions

[WR] Ainias Smith (Ankle) – Out
[LB] Andre White Jr. (Undisclosed) – Questionable

Source: statfox.com

Challenges for Mississippi State

Texas A&M rides its tough defense to success. The Aggies allow opponents only 11.8 points per game on average. Texas A&M isn’t perfect on defense, however. They specialize in stopping the pass averaging just 153.2 yards allowed per game through the air which is a concern for pass-happy Mississippi State. The Aggies struggle at stopping the run allowing almost 177 yards per game, which is 104th best out of 131 FBS teams. The state has to find a way to crack that Texas A&M passing defense. Defensive back Jardin Gilbert has three passes broken up and an intercepted so far this season. If Mississippi State can’t outplay that A&M pass defense it could be a long day. They might want to consider mixing in a little more run to keep the Aggie defense honest.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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