3 Things To Carry Into 2024 from Texas A&M Football's Texas Bowl Loss to OSU

The patchwork Texas A&M football squad we saw last night doesn't resemble the team going forward, but we still have some takeaways.

Dec 27, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Marcel Reed (10) scrambles with the
Dec 27, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Marcel Reed (10) scrambles with the / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Areas for Texas A&M Football that Need Improvement

The most concerning things I saw from the Aggies in this game were the rushing offense and the pass defense. I just mentioned that Texas A&M football had to put a walk on out there at corner and safety, but Robinson had a couple of quality PBUs and Sam Mathews came down with a clutch interception late in the game.

The fact remains that the pass defense for the Aggies was inexplicably far worse this year than it was last year. Texas A&M football lost Jaylon Jones and Antonio Johnson after 2022; both great players, but their absence doesn't seem to fully explain how bad the passing defense got.

The secondary for the Aggies will look far different next year, especially at the corner spot. Both Deuce Harmon and Tyreek Chappell are in the portal at the moment, and the Ags already have a cornerback committed in former KSU DB Will Lee. If they can land the plane with Terry Bussey, they'll automatically have a high-end, athletic corner who can step onto the field too. Hopefully Ish Aristide's group will be back to an excellent unit next year.

The rushing offense has been a huge struggle this year. The Aggie offensive line has been consummately inconsistent; some games it looks like they have things rolling, and some games they look completely inept. This game looked more like the latter than the former, and it was so even with a relatively healthy offensive front. Hopefully, getting out from under the tutelage of Addazio can help things look better next year up front for the Aggies.

I did like what I saw from Chase Bisontis at the guard position. He's been at tackle all year, and it doesn't seem like a natural fit for him. It was also good to see Fatheree back after some injuries. Overall, though, things were much more of a struggle up front than they needed to be.

Okay, that's the bad. Let's talk about the good.