Texas A&M football: 4 stats that prove Aggies are better in 2018

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Ball control

One thing we knew would be different going into the 2018 season was the offensive scheme. Kevin Sumlin ran a version of the air raid attack with rapid pace, while Fisher’s offense is more pro-style with much more traditional formations and balance.

The ball control that comes from running the ball successfully keeps your defense fresh for the long hall, and the Aggies have succeeded in winning the time of possession in every game this season.

The Aggies are averaging about 36:34 of possession per game, which is No. 3 in the country and by far the most in the SEC. LSU comes in second at about 32 minutes per game.

The fact the Aggie defense has been on the field much less than a season ago will do wonders for avoiding their second half collapse Sumlin became so infamous for. That, combined with hiring an elite strength and condition coach and practicing as hard (or harder) than anyone else in the country has prepared this team for the SEC grind.

Their success in and commitment to the run game (averaging 208.7 yards per game vs. 155 yards per game in 2017) has been a major factor in this stat.