Key No. 3: The Texas A&M football team would benefit from improved passing defense
In the first few weeks of the season, the Texas A&M football team looked like it had the best passing defense in the country by a mile. Prior to the Arkansas game, A&M led the country in defensive passing yards allowed by a wide margin.
Unfortunately, the team’s poor offense kept the defense on the field far too long in the two following weeks. This seemingly tired out A&M’s corners and caused an Aggie secondary to suffer, allowing huge passing totals of 246 and 408 in its next two games. Even a win against Alabama saw the Tide pass for 369 yards against Mike Elko’s defense.
The Aggies did clamp up against South Carolina, allowing just 30 passing yards through three quarters before garbage time. Still, one game against a team starting a graduate assistant at quarterback is nothing to hang your hat on.
If Texas A&M wants to be the second-best team in the SEC, they have to improve their pass defense.
Specifically, the Aggies’ contest against Ole Miss on November 13th will rely heavily on this pass defense showing up. Jimbo Fisher will be preparing his team for Auburn, but it wouldn’t hurt to get them ready for a Matt Corral-led offense.