Best three opponents left cannot exploit Aggie weakness
One of Texas A&M’s biggest struggles so far this season has been allowing big plays in the passing game. They rank in the bottom of the SEC in passing plays of 20+, 30+, 40+, and 50+. Other than taking a while for the pass rush to get going, it has been the only issue for Elko’s defense.
Part of this has to do with facing the blistering overall speed of the Clemson and Alabama offenses, but they weren’t the only teams that exploited the Aggies secondary. Even Arkansas and South Carolina got loose for some big passing plays.
However, Elko’s biggest concern might not be one when they play MSU, Auburn and LSU. Mississippi State is No. 124 in yards per pass, No. 113 in passes per game, and No. 123 in pass yards per game. Auburn is No. 77 in yards per pass, No. 61 in passes per game, and No. 65 in pass yards per game. LSU is No. 84, 90 and 96 in these three categories, respectively.
These offenses not only struggle to push the ball down the field, they don’t actively try to do it. A&M will be able to stop these run-heavy offenses and shouldn’t have to worry about them going over the top through the air.