Grading Each Matchup Between Texas A&M Football and Mississippi State
For almost every game between Texas A&M football and Mississippi State since the Aggies have joined the SEC, the Aggies have been the more talented team across the board. Maybe 2014 and 2018 were exceptions—the former featuring players like Bernardrick McKinney and Dak Prescott as upperclassmen, and the latter featuring an extremely talented defensive line for the Bulldogs that wrecked shop all night long.
Despite this, Texas A&M football has routinely struggled against the Bulldogs. Whether it’s underestimation or the strange juju present in Starkville seemingly every time the Aggies visit, one thing or another has led to the Aggies having significant trouble far more often than they should against State. That was only exacerbated by the air-raid scheme deployed by the former Bulldog coach Mike Leach, but the style that State is bringing into College Station this year should actually aid the Aggies quite a bit.
It’s entirely possible that the whole Mississippi State team will play far above their heads in this one, as they seem to do from time to time against their maroon-clad brethren. Such a scenario would, in all likelihood, render this list pretty useless, as all I have to go on is how a team has been performing. I find such a scenario unlikely, however; not only are the Aggies playing at home, where they have had decent success against the Bulldogs, they are the more senior team in many areas, and should be able to handle the wrinkles that State throws at them. All that said, let’s jump into these matchups and see how this game might go. Stats are via collegefootballdata.com and cfbstats.com.