Texas A&M football vs. Auburn closing thoughts and prediction
The Aggies have much more to gain in this matchup than the Tigers do. Freeze is in his first year, and brings enough cache that I don’t think many Auburn fans would be too upset with a loss—even an ugly one. He appeared to be preparing them for as much at his weekly press conference. The onus being on Texas A&M football is almost the inverse of last year, where the Aggies caught the Tigers at the worst time possible; beloved interim coach Cadillac Williams’s first game as the head man on the sidelines at Jordan-Hare. This is obviously a less tangible advantage, but I think the Aggies will hold an edge here and come out looking sharp against the Tigers.
Additionally, this is the beginning of a rough three-game stretch for Auburn. Next week, they host hated rival Georgia in what will likely be an extremely hyped and anticipated matchup on the Plains regardless of what transpires this week. The following week, they travel to LSU. I’m not saying it will be a distracted Auburn team that will roll into Kyle Field this week, but if I had to bet on which game that Freeze has had circled to lay it all out there, I would think it’s next week’s game against the Bulldogs.
After watching the Auburn offense a little more, I’m more bullish on their ability to test the Aggie secondary than I was earlier in the week. However, I still think Texas A&M can tighten up in the red zone if it comes to that—Ashford has been efficient running the ball in that area of the field, but the speed up front that Texas A&M football has can counter that factor effectively in my book. Still, though, it’s enough for me to slightly amend my prediction: I still see a win for the Aggies, but I’m going with 38-20.