Texas A&M Football: 3 biggest factors in TAMU vs. Mississippi State

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The Texas A&M football team will get somewhat of a break from the SEC gauntlet in a game against Mississippi State on Saturday. Still, this game has quickly turned into the most important contest of the season for the Aggies, with a lot to prove at home.

Since A&M joined the SEC in 2012, the battles between these two teams have gone both ways. The Aggies currently hold the edge in the win department in that time frame with five wins to the Bulldogs’ four.

Strangely, almost every game in this series since 2012 has finished in blowout fashion. Eight of nine have finished with the victor winning by at least two scores. This one could go either way, so what do the Aggies have to watch for in this contest?

Here are the three biggest factors in Texas A&M’s series against Mississippi State.

Factor No. 1: The Texas A&M football team’s offense

I’d like to give credit to Colorado and Arkansas, both of whom held the Aggies to ten points or less. That said, I’d be lying to everybody.

Neither of those games told the tale of a particularly strong defensive unit. Instead, we saw just how bad this Texas A&M offense is when its primary players are out of the game. I don’t have many worries about the Aggies stopping Mike Leach’s air raid offense, but I do worry that Texas A&M’s offense won’t be able to keep up.

The Aggies haven’t scored more than ten points against a Power Five opponent yet this season. That will have to turn around on Saturday if Jimbo Fisher wants a win.