COLLEGE STATION, Texas – What to make of Texas A&M?
Last season, the Aggies started the season 5-0 but went 1-4 in the SEC after that. This season, the Aggies started the season 5-0 and are currently on a two-game conference losing streak as they prepare to face South Carolina in Kyle Field on Saturday.
Texas A&M is in the middle of the pack statistically on both offense and defense, which is actually an improvement for the defense under first-year defensive coordinator John Chavis. The problem is the offense, which did not expect to be in the middle of the pack.
The Aggies will announce their starting quarterback later today to their team, although head coach Kevin Sumlin hasn’t been clear if he will make that announcement public today as well. There’s plenty of reason for Sumlin to keep the decision under wraps (which is harder than it might seem when more than 100 players know).
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Current starter Kyle Allen and true freshman Kyler Murray, the two favorites to be named starter, are totally different players. Allen is a drop back passer. Murray has a canon arm but also can be a dynamic playmaker with his legs.
If you’re a South Carolina fan, you know you know who you want the Aggies to pick at quarterback, right? Obviously, it’s Allen. The thought of Murray making plays with his legs is sure to give indigestion after what mobile quarterbacks did to the Gamecocks last year.
The Aggies, 16-point favorites, likely will win this game no matter who the quarterback is. It could be closer than people think, though.
Texas A&M 28, South Carolina 20