Texas A&M Football 2017: 3 Keys to victory over LSU

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1. 400 Yards Total Offense

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but LSU has a stingy defense and a running-based offensive attack. They have given up just 314 yards on the ground per game this year, and the Aggies are going to need to do more than what they have in the past against the Tigers. In order to cover the 10 point spread, or to come away with the victory, the offense is going to have to move the ball.

Of course, this game may end up similar to last years, where there was an inexplicable shootout in College Station. If that happens, the Aggies are much better suited than last year. Starkel is a better thrower than Trevor Knight was, albeit not as strong of a runner. Starkel’s arm may be able to do what Johnny never could and send the Tigers home with a loss.

It’s going to take another strong effort from the redshirt freshman who has only recently returned to the starting lineup. For one reason or another the Texas A&M offense was not capable of that level of offensive outburst without Starkel at the helm. He’s thrown all over New Mexico and fared decently well against Ole Miss. He needs to bring his A-game to Baton Rouge.