South Carolina at LSU is stealing all of the headlines this week, but another game taking place in the state of Louisiana might be the most interesting game of the weekend.
No. 22 Texas A&M will travel to Shreveport to take on No. 23 Louisiana Tech on Saturday night in a game that should concern Aggie fans.
The Bulldogs rank third nationally in scoring offense with an average of 53.2 points per game, 11th in total offense with 523.4 yards per game and 16th in rushing offense with an average of 232.2 yards per game.
That's strong, no matter what level of competition you're playing.
Kenneth Dixon and Ray Holley have proven to be effective running backs, as was Tevin King before he injured his knee vs. Illinois. They play fast, but do it with a solid ground game.
It's not just the rushing attack that's impressive for the Bulldogs, either.
Quarterback Colby Cameron has tossed 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions so far this season. Cameron's ability to find receivers and protect the football are big reasons why the Bulldogs rank third nationally in turnover margin with 2.2 turnovers gained per game.
One of the biggest reasons that the Bulldogs have been so successful in the passing game is the ability of the offensive line to protect the quarterback. The Bulldogs have only given up five sacks all season.
Louisiana Tech's ability to protect the quarterback is where this game will be won or lost.
This will likely be a shootout, but the strength of Texas A&M's defense is its ability to rush the passer.
The Aggies have sacked opposing quarterbacks 17 times in five games. Defensive end Damontre Moore is third in the country in sacks with seven, half-a-sack behind Travis Johnson of San Jose State, who leads the country.
Moore's ability to get to Cameron could force the Bulldog signal-caller into some mistakes, which are crucial in a game that will end with a score similar to a college hoops game.
Louisiana Tech's defense is awful, but the Bulldogs win with offense. Texas A&M's defense doesn't have to be great, it just needs to force a few turnovers and get a few stops and that may be all the Aggies need to escape Shreveport with a win.
They're going to have to protect the ball, though.
The Aggies turned the ball over six times last week vs. Ole Miss, which nearly cost them the game. That can't become a trend, because giving the Bulldog offense extra possessions is a recipe for disaster.
This is a huge game for the Louisiana Tech program, which is ranked for the first time since 1999. Playing a ranked SEC foe in Shreveport would be big under any circumstances, but it's even bigger now considering it's the last major obstacle standing in the way between Louisiana Tech and a possible undefeated season.
The Bulldog offense and the magnitude of the game makes this very dangerous for the Aggies, and should make for a fun Saturday night.
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