How the Texas A&M Football team’s scheduled opponents played in Week 1

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Texas A&M Football opponent Week 1 outcomes: Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri

Mississippi State Bulldogs, 35-34 W: This is the first opponent that we’ll be discussing who had an extremely disappointing outing. The Bulldogs barely beat Louisiana Tech, who was a middle-of-the-pack Conference USA team last season. This should have been a blowout.

Mississippi State struggled mightily on defense, specifically in two categories: turnovers and red zone defense.

LA Tech’s offensive numbers aren’t particularly jarring but Mississippi State couldn’t stop them from reaching the endzone if their lives depended on it. This bodes well for the Aggies, who looked strong on defense with room to improve offensively early in the year.

Alabama Crimson Tide, 44-13 W: I’m not scared, I swear. Okay… maybe a little bit. In their first game of the year, with a completely revamped offense, Alabama absolutely dismantled a ranked Miami team on national television.

The defense looked impenetrable and made D’Eriq King look like an FCS quarterback, while the offense didn’t miss a step from last season. Bama’s new starter looked like the best quarterback in the country, passing for 344 yards and four touchdowns in his first game as the team’s starter. This is going to be a tough one for A&M.

Missouri Tigers, 34-24 W: Missouri actually had one of the more disappointing SEC performances this past weekend, edging out Central Michigan for a 10-point win. This game held more than a handful of statistics that the Tigers will not be proud of.

The Chippewas had more total yards, more passing yards, more first downs, better third-down efficiency, and a higher time of possession. Still, Missouri got the win, which is all that matters at this point.