Change No. 3: More conservative playcalling from the Texas A&M Football coaching staff
I briefly touched on this in the last slide, but I’m going to take a deeper dive into it here. The Texas A&M Football team is no longer in cruise control mode until they face Alabama. After a scare against Colorado, the Aggies will need to take things one game at a time.
A three-game stretch of New Mexico, Arkansas, and Mississippi State that once looked like a cakewalk now looks much more threatening. The three aforementioned teams combined have not lost a single game, with Arkansas recently knocking off a ranked Texas team.
Because of this, Jimbo Fisher has to be taking his future opponents much more seriously leading up to the Alabama game. Coming out of the game against the Tide would feel a lot better with a 5-1 record than it would with a 4-2 record.
As a result, you can expect this Texas A&M offense to make more conservative play calls. We saw Haynes King launching the ball deep during the first half of the Kent State game on plays that didn’t necessarily match the game plan. They would slow this down in the second half, using a more balanced offense to blow the brakes off of the Golden Flashes.
Against Colorado, we didn’t see much of this. Part of this is the fact that there was never an early cushion for A&M — something that may become a theme in the near future.