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Nobody has been able to slow down the Aggies' offense.
Points Per Game: 49.2 (6)
Total Yards Per Game: 586.4 (4)
Passing Yards Per Game: 365.0 (5)
Rushing Yards Per Game: 221.4 (29)
The Aggies were the toast of the college football world last season with its high-powered offense. The same can be said about this year’s squad.
LEVEL OF COMPETITION
Combined opponent record: 14-8
Average opponent total defense rank: 69.4
As expected from an SEC squad, the defenses Texas A&M has faced haven’t all been pushovers. Even Sam Houston State—an FCS school—is 4-1 on the year, allowing just 18.0 PPG to opponents other than the Aggies.
But most impressively, the team remained dominant even against stiffer defenses such as Alabama and Arkansas.
No matter the down, distance and position on the field, quarterback Johnny Manziel has grown accustomed to making something out of nothing.
Last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, the sophomore has thrown for 1,489 yards and 14 touchdowns (3 INT) on 71.4 percent passing. Furthermore, he is also the team’s leading rusher, racking up 314 yards and another three scores on the ground.
Wide receiver Mike Evans has also developed a knack for the big play. The sophomore has brought in 28 grabs for 691 yards and five touchdowns. His 24.7 average leads the nation among receivers with at least 15 receptions.
With this one-two punch clicking, it’ll be quite difficult to slow down Texas A&M’s passing attack.
The Aggies rank among the nation’s best when it comes to passing. However, it’s in the run game where the team has some question marks.
Other than Evans, Manziel has Derel Walker (264 YDS, 19 REC) and Malcome Kennedy (242 YDS, 23 REC, 4 TD) to throw to. Impressively, seven other players have also caught a touchdown. Talk about distributing the ball around.
Unfortunately, other than Manziel, Texas A&M lacks a real running threat.
Sure, Ben Malena’s seven scores are great. However, his 60.6 yards per game just isn’t going to cut it. The same can be said about Tra Carson, who has four touchdowns but only manages 45.8 yards per game.
But most concerning is the fact that Manziel is the only player to have rushed for 100 yards or more in a game.
Banking both your aerial assault and ground game on one player is a recipe for disaster.
O.K., the Aggies may have lost the game. However, their performance against one of the SEC’s toughest defenses certainly showcased the superior firepower of the Texas A&M offense.
Behind Manziel (562 TOTAL YDS, 5 TD), the team racked up 628 yards and 42 points. That includes 21 points in the fourth quarter. It was the most points the Tide have conceded since 2003, and the most allowed in a win.
Evans (279 YDS, 7 REC, 1 TD) and Mike Kennedy (57 YDS, 6 REC, 3 TD) led the Aggies in receiving.
If Alabama couldn’t slow down this offense, who can?