2. Derrius Guice rushes for 200+ yards
Texas A&M finished last season ranked 80th in the nation in run defense. A large potion of that downward dip was the absolutely dismantling they suffered at the hands of Derrius Guice. The backup to current NFL starter Leonard Fournette, Guice broke Fournette’s single game rushing record against the Aggies a year ago with 285 yards on the ground. He also had four rushing touchdowns.
While the Texas A&M defense has made significant strides this year it’s not quite up to par with teams like Alabama and Auburn. They rank 56th in the nation against the run, eighth best in the SEC. They’ve allowed 200 yards rushing in five straight SEC games. That came after their best performance against the season when they held South Carolina to 23 yards rushing on 26 attempts.
The run defense is better, but it’s not great. Guice could follow in Fournette’s footsteps as a first round NFL Draft selection. “Better” is not going to get it done. He’s going to get his yards on Saturday. The key for the Aggies will be not letting him beat them by himself.