Bobby P’s Revenge
I wrote a short article on this earlier in the week, but this is one thing that I don’t think enough Aggies or SEC/college football media are discussing when it comes to this game. Petrino is famously… a bit ornery, let’s say. I think he enjoys the idea of showing up the Hogs whenever he plays them, as we saw last year when his Missouri State Bears rolled into Fayetteville and took the Hogs right to the edge.
Despite the change in quarterback that’s taking place, I still think that Petrino will have a few things up his sleeve for this game; a few tricks that Johnson will be ready to execute. Max has exhibited his acumen when it comes to the play-action game, so a well-executed run fake that turns into a deep pass to one of the talented receivers for Texas A&M football seems like it will be the order of the day at one point or another. I recall one such attempt last year to Chris Marshall, now-erstwhile of both the Aggies and the Ole Miss Rebels, that did not connect, though Marshall had generated a fair amount of separation. Hopefully we see at least one or two of those connect during this contest.
Scheming up the run game might be a bit more difficult, given that the Razorbacks’ strength on defense is limiting opponents’ rushing attacks. Even so, I like what I’ve been seeing from Le’Veon Moss, and I think Petrino, following his “feed the studs” philosophy, will be getting the ball to Moss quite a bit against the Hogs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Moss outshone Rocket Sanders in the latter’s return to game action; Sanders’s games against the Aggies haven’t been his best, and with an improved rushing defense over last year, I think the A&M defense will limit Sanders, thus yielding the spotlight to the Aggie rushing attack.