Texas A&M Football Three Keys: Lamar

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Texas A&M football faces Lamar on Saturday in College Station. Here are your three keys to a Texas A&M win over Lamar.

By Matt Zemek

The Texas A&M Aggies were unlikely to beat the mighty Clemson Tigers, no matter what they did, but the Aggies certainly have to be disappointed with their inability to make this a close game deep into the fourth quarter, unlike 2018. Everyone knows why the Aggies fell short, so that is the proper starting point for this week’s three keys against the Lamar Cardinals.

Key 1 – Kellen Mond

Everyone said it and everyone knew it before the season started: Kellen Mond was A&M’s most important player, the person on whose shoulders rested the fate and outcome of this season. You saw how good Texas A&M’s defense was in the Clemson game. You saw that Texas A&M’s offensive line kept Clemson’s defensive front at bay. The Tigers did lose Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins from last year’s team. Nevertheless, it’s not as though Clemson has third-rate scrubs on its 2019 defensive line. The Aggies’ offensive front was very solid, including in the first half. Yet, Texas A&M barely scored in this game – its one touchdown coming in the final minutes of a game it trailed by 21 – because its quarterback simply wasn’t good enough… and he wasn’t good enough by a large margin.

Key 2 – Short routes

Mond can’t be expected to hit the long pass plays if he can’t hit the short ones first. He struggled against Clemson. Getting plays which involve short throws but can put fast receivers in space and generate large gains need to be a point of focus for Fisher and his staff.

Key 3 – Finding a go-to connection

There is no Jace Sternberger this year. A&M’s passing game needs to find a reliable and productive pitch-and-catch combination which steadies the offense while also forcing the defense to overcommit to one man, thereby opening up the rest of the field for other backs and receivers.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). Watch on the ESPNU Network.

This Week’s SEC Football News and Analysis

GameFirst Looks3 Keys
HighlightsFinal Stats
Kansas State vs. Mississippi StateKSUMSUPreviewKSU 31, MSU 24Stats
Colorado State vs. ArkansasCSUArkyPreviewArkansas 55, CSU 34Stats
Northwestern St vs. LSUNWSULSUPreviewLSU 65, NWSU 14Stats
Florida vs. KentuckyFLA / UKUK / FLAPreviewFlorida 29, UK 21Stats
Kent State vs. AuburnKent St.AuburnPreviewAuburn 55, Kent St. 16Stats
Alabama vs. South CarolinaUSC / BamaBama / USCPreviewBama 47, USC 23Stats
SE Missouri St vs. MissouriSEMOMizzouPreviewMizzou 50, SEMO 0Stats
Lamar vs. Texas A&MLamarTexas A&MPreviewTAMU 62, Lamar 3Stats
Arkansas St. vs. GeorgiaArk. StateUGAPreviewUGA 55, ASU 0Stats
Chattanooga vs. TennesseeUTCTennesseePreviewTennessee 45, UTC 0Stats
SE Louisiana vs. Ole MissSE LouisianaOle MissPreviewOle Miss 40, SELA 29Stats
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