5 Factors For Texas A&M


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The Tigers look to bounce back after a tough loss to Georgia Tech this Saturday in College Station, Texas against the Texas A&M aggies. There are several factors that will play a huge role in the game. Here are five that I think will be of a huge importance.

1) The Tigers have to come out emotionally ready early in the game. The offense needs to move the ball down to get some confidence going. The defense needs a stop on A&M's first offensive possession. A three and out could put a lot of confidence back in the defense, and a turnover might would set the tone for the day.

2) Contain Reggie McNeal will be the biggest task the defense will face. McNeal is the most dangerous offensive player the Aggies have. If McNeal is kept in check, the defense could control the game.

3) Clemson's wide receivers need to have a strong performance. The receivers are coming off maybe the worst performance since Coach Swinney took over. A&M likes to play man coverage, and if this happens, the Tigers will need to take advantage early and often of the mismatches. Utah was able to expose their secodary the first game of the year.

4) The offensive line has to provide Whitehurst with enough time to take advantage of a weak secondary. If Whitehurst has time, he could have a record setting day against the Aggies. I would look for the Tigers to try for a deep ball early in this one.

5) The running game must continue to improve. Duane Coleman is likely to see action this week. I would be surprised if he played more than 10-15 snaps. Kyle Browning and Reggie Merriweather will see more playing time this weekend. Both had good performances against Georgia Tech to earn more playing time. Yusef Kelly will have to protect the football and see the field better. If the ground game develops, the Tigers offense will have a big advantage over A&M's defense.

There are several more factors you could look at for this week's game, but I expect the Tigers to bounce back with a 37-21 victory.

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