Factor No. 2: The Texas A&M Football team needs to find the right ways to exploit the Buffaloes’ defense
Generally speaking, the Colorado Buffaloes had a strong defense in 2020. In fact, their defense should actually improve from a season ago, as they return nine starters on that side of the ball.
Still, this is a defensive unit that was extremely vulnerable at times, allowing fewer than 14 points on two separate occasions and more than 40 points on another two separate occasions. They’re generally Saturday, but more talented teams have come in and completely dominated them.
One of those teams last season was Texas, who dropped 55 points on them in the Alamo Bowl.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what they did to exploit Colorado’s defense, as virtually everything was working on the offensive end for the Longhorns. They finished their day with 638 total yards, split almost perfectly evenly between the run game and the passing game. Heck, they won by a 30+ point margin with a 2/11 third-down efficiency.
The primary number that sticks out, however, is the 183-yard game from Bijan Robinson, who ran all over Colorado’s defense. Texas’s top runningback also reached the endzone three times in total, twice through the air and once on the ground.
Texas A&M will have to have good games from Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane if they want to take home a win on Saturday.