Reason No. 2: The Texas A&M football team’s strengths match up well against Auburn’s strengths
Auburn’s defense is its strong suit. The Tigers allow fewer than 20 points per game at 19.75 per contest. Their defense is the definition of “bend-don’t-break,” allowing middle-of-the-pack yardage per game at 356 yards per game.
The key here is red zone offense. My argument would crumble if I mentioned the Aggies’ red zone scoring percentage, which stands at 58th in the nation. That said, this team has been a different monster in the past few weeks.
The failed red zone drives seem like a thing of the past for A&M with a thriving new-look offense. But red zone offense isn’t the advantage that A&M has here — that Aggie advantage stands in the rushing game.
The heart and soul of Auburn’s defense stands in its rushing defense. The Tigers rank 35th in the country, allowing 127.1 yards per game. Texas A&M’s rushing attack, on the other hand, is among the best in the country.
In the past three games, A&M hasn’t rushed for any fewer than 283 yards. On the other side of things, Auburn has allowed at least 157 yards in its past three games. One team’s unit is trending up and the other is trending downward.