Texas A&M Football: 3 reasons for optimism after close call at Colorado

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Reason No. 2: The Texas A&M Football team’s defense continued to look elite

It’s hard to think about anything outside of the Aggies’ terrible offense on Saturday, but if you’re able to look past it, you’ll see an extremely stout defensive performance.

You thought Texas A&M’s 288 yards of offense was bad? Their defense only allowed 260. They held Colorado to 4-14 on third down and 0-2 on third down. The rushing defense wasn’t great, but Colorado ran the ball a lot.

Jimbo Fisher’s defensive unit made up for it with a passing defense that was impossible to penetrate. The Buffaloes weren’t even able to manage 100 yards through the air. The Aggies have allowed the 14th-fewest passing yards in the country.

If this offense had even had an alright game, Texas A&M’s defense would have been the talk of the town.

The only area that this unit hasn’t excelled in particularly strongly is creating turnovers. The Aggies had a single interception by Jayden Peevy, who had a monster game. The senior recorded two tackles for loss and the aforementioned pick.

More turnovers will come for Texas A&M. If anything, their success defensively without creating turnover should seem extremely promising to fans. Imagine if they were getting turnovers this entire time.