Final thoughts and prediction for Texas A&M football vs. Mississippi State
Full stop, this is a game that Texas A&M football should win, and win decisively. Especially pending health at the quarterback position for the Aggies, it may not be the prettiest win, but this is not a team that should be able to find any success offensively against the Aggies if the status quo holds.
The worst case scenario, however, is if Will Rogers makes a return and the Aggies are simultaneously forced to go with Jaylen Henderson or Marcel Reed. While I don’t doubt the capability of those guys, they are both a step down from where Max is when it comes to running this offense. Perhaps Petrino would be able to stick with some simpler RPO/zone read calls if forced to go with the less experienced signal callers, but things nevertheless are far more dicey if this is how things go. I still think the offensive line for the Aggies should be able to lean on this State front and generate an effective rushing attack no matter what, but if Texas A&M football finds themselves completely unable to pass the ball with consistency, then all it might take is one or two explosive plays downfield for the Bulldog offense to find an advantage here, and that prospect is much more accentuated with Rogers behind center than either of the other QBs.
Nevertheless, even if that ends up happening, this should be a win for the Aggies. The Bulldogs, even with Rogers, could not pass or run on LSU. They barely beat Western Michigan at home. Their win over Arizona has a bit more shine at this point than it did previously, but that may be their only result that approaches impressive so far this season. The Aggies need to build a lead early here and keep their foot down defensively. If they do that, the Bulldogs will be demoralized early, and Texas A&M football should coast to a win. I’m sticking with my prediction of 27-3.