Texas A&M football: 3 reasons Aggies will beat Auburn

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Texas A&M football can’t afford to lose another game if they want to earn a spot in a respectable bowl game; here are 3 reasons they will beat Auburn.

The loss at Mississippi State gave Texas A&M football fans a familiar feeling. Much like in years past, the team that got off to a decent start was given a dose of humility at the hands of the Bulldogs. What we are hoping happens now is a bounce back win at Auburn, rather than a late-October and November slide, a trademark of Kevin Sumlin‘s Aggies.

Jimbo Fisher has a lot of work to do fixing the problems that allow teams to hang around or build leads when they shouldn’t. These stats are all indicative of how A&M consistently out-gained or outplayed opponents but the scores weren’t reflecting that.

They don’t force turnovers, they don’t score touchdowns in the red zone, they give up big plays and allow negative plays to derail drives. None of these are traits of an elite team. Thankfully, more often than not, the defense did enough to hold teams from scoring by stuffing the run and getting off the field on third down, and the offense would get it together enough to close teams out.

They couldn’t bail each other out in the Mississippi State game and the visions of faltering down the stretch won’t go away.

It makes this Auburn game basically a must-win. It’s not going to be the end of the world if the Aggies can’t come away with a victory, but a win will silence the Jimbo critics, dismiss the feeling of not being able to win in November, and put a stamp on the positive direction of this program.

There is an avenue to getting the win on Saturday despite the big point spread in favor of Auburn. Here are three reasons Texas A&M leaves Jordan-Hare with a win.