Texas A&M Football: 5 bold predictions for the month of November

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Bold Prediction No. 3: The Texas A&M football team’s defense will begin to generate turnovers

It’s no secret that the Texas A&M football team has one of the better defenses in the SEC. They’re not the stout unit that we saw at the beginning of the season, with the best pass defense in college football by a mile, but they’re pretty good.

As things stand, the Aggies rank 28th in total defense with a solid, well-rounded unit.

But one area that Texas A&M hasn’t necessarily succeeded in is creating turnovers. After a hot start to the year where the Aggies created two turnovers, both on Leon O’Neal interceptions, A&M hasn’t done much to create takeaways.

On the year, A&M’s turnover margin is average at best, with just a +1 in that category. Mike Elko’s defense has created 12 turnovers and turned the ball over themselves 11 times. But they’ve been getting better, at least in the latter category.

After the Aggies’ early-October loss to Mississippi State, they were at a point where they hadn’t won the turnover battle in a single game all season long. Even in a dominant win over Kent State, A&M turned the ball over five times to the Golden Flashes’ two.

Since that Mississippi State loss, the Aggies have won the turnover battle in all three of their games — it’s no coincidence that this has translated to three consecutive victories. I think they’ll continue this trend and possibly even generate more turnovers defensively.