The Texas A&M football team beat the Rice Owls 52 to 31 at Kyle Field Saturday in the season opener both teams.
It was a solid start to the season for the Aggies after an offseason spent dealing with controversy and distractions.
The win keeps Texas A&M on track for a Top 5 showdown with No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 14. If the Aggies can get by Sam Houston State next weekend, then the matchup against the Crimson Tide will be one of the most-hyped and most-watched games of the season.
Season openers are often wrought with mistakes and penalties. College football fans who spent the offseason clamoring for the season to start, are typically a little disappointed at the level of play in their team's first game.
It is all cyclical. By the end of the year their team hopefully will be playing like a well-oiled machine. Then seniors will graduate, new players will come in and the process will start all over again.
With Texas A&M, these opening-week mistakes were magnified a little bit because they had a new quarterback under center and multiple defensive players suspended for all or part of the game. The Aggies did what they needed in order to get the win and keep themselves on track for a Southeastern Conference title.
This is a look at how each position graded out against Rice.