Factor No. 3: The Texas A&M Football team will have to make good use of their depth
You can say what you want about playing at a high altitude, but there’s no denying the fact that it has an impact on the game. If you’ve never been anywhere near Boulder, this may be a hard concept to grasp.
A few years ago, I went to a Denver Broncos game at Mile High stadium and after walking a quarter-mile toward the stadium, I was completely winded. Now, this may be more of a reflection of my personal fitness than anything else, but I digress.
Generally speaking, the altitude won’t affect the Aggies’ ability to score the football. Rather, it may affect Texas A&M’s chances to separate themselves in this game. Nobody, including Jimbo Fisher, wants this one to be a fourth-quarter fiasco. Instead, A&M will likely want to get out of reach early.
To do that, they’ll have to turn to their depth, which was on full display in their Week 1 win against Kent State. While the Isaiah Spillers and DeMarvin Leals of the team will be the ones who set the tempo in this game, the guys behind them on the depth chart will need to reinforce it.
Players like Devon Achane at runningback and Shemar Turner on the defensive line will need to step up when the starters at their positions are winded. This shouldn’t be an issue, either, as Jimbo Fisher has brought in some of the best talent in the country from top to bottom.
If the Aggies can lock down these three factors, they should be in good shape against the Colorado Buffaloes.