Texas A&M football: 3 keys to victory against Arkansas

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Texas A&M football looks to make it seven straight SEC conference victories against the Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend; here are three keys to an Aggie victory.

It’s not fun going into a game when you can legitimately convince yourself the team you’re rooting for could either blow the other team off the field in a dominant win, or let disaster strike and lose a game they are favored by three touchdowns.

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Honestly, either of these outcomes wouldn’t be that surprising.

The former is much more likely, obviously, or there wouldn’t be a -20.5 spread in favor of the Aggies. But Texas A&M has struggled on defense this season. Specifically, they’ve given up big plays and are one of the worst tackling teams in the SEC.

That’s a horrendous missed tackle rate and far and away the worst in the SEC so far. Mike Elko has some work to do. The good news is, Arkansas might be the perfect team to right the ship against.

The Razorbacks are 83rd or worst in points, yards, rushing yards and passing yards. It has been an all around weak effort from Chad Morris’ squad. He can’t seem to settle on a quarterback and the Razorbacks have not found their rhythm.

One of the Aggies’ weaknesses has been allowing 30+ yard plays in the passing game. Good news for Elko: Arkansas is terrible throwing the ball down field.

Even with that, there is still a scenario, however unlikely, that Arkansas turns it around and they find a rhythm. They could just as easily right the ship against a team that can’t run with receivers or make tackles.

This leads into our three keys to Texas A&M securing a victory, which starts with the offense.