Like many Aggie fans lucky enough to have season tickets, I have made the trek to College Station for all four of the home games so far this year–yes, even the Rice game (thanks ESPN for endangering all of us with a noon game on Labor Day weekend). I also watched the Arkansas game with friends and am quite happy with our season at this point. I am concerned about our defense, watching all five of our opponents run and pass at will, but am thinking we are fitting into the current norm of college football more than we are falling behind.
Looking at statistics, one sees last year the SEC defenses allowed an average of more than 360 yards per game. Including games last weekend, the average this season is only about five yards more than last year. Interestingly enough, the team leading in defense this season so far is Michigan State. Yes, the same Michigan State that lost to Notre Dame, which lost to both Oklahoma and Michigan. Florida is currently leading the conference with a spartan, pun intended, 200 yards per game, but lost to Miami, with barely 200 yards of offense. If you missed the game, five turnovers was the real reason for the Gators’ loss.
As the season progresses, I believe that total defense numbers will actually increase as conference play increases and the competition for most teams becomes more equal; review the LSU vs. Georgia game as proof. If the trend continues, I think our Aggies will end up rolling into Baton Rouge in late November, with Alabama rooting us on after their loss to the Tigers as the only way for the Crimson Tide to win the SEC West. So, like most of us in maroon, I wish we had a stronger defense, but with just a little improvement, which I see indications of, and a few more takeaways, I see another top ten finish to the season.