Editor’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of Auburn’s 2015 football opponents.
Auburn’s last road trip of the regular season is to College Station on Nov. 7 to face the Texas A&M Aggies. Led by Coach Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M came into Jordan-Hare Stadium last season under the radar and ruined Auburn’s postseason playoff hopes with an unexpected 41-38 victory.
The Aggies have the most convenient schedule of any SEC team this season. They only play one true road game throughout the first 10 games of the season (Oct. 24 at Ole Miss) before ending the schedule with trips to Vanderbilt and LSU.
Four of the five top receivers return as well. Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones and Edward Pope totaled 177 receptions for 2,344 yards and 26 touchdowns. The offense should pick up right where it left off if the returning receivers continue to improve and one of the newcomers, maybe five-star prospect Christian Kirk, can help provide the missing production of the departed Malcome Kennedy.
New defensive coordinator John Chavis comes from LSU having been the DC in Baton Rouge for the past six seasons. He has one of the top ends in the country to work with in Myles Garrett. The first-team Freshman All-American selection terrorized opposing backfields landing 52 tackles and 12 sacks, which ranked him second in the SEC. If Chavis receives the same sort of production from Garrett this year Texas A&M’s defense should improve.
The Aggies have had Auburn’s number in all of their meetings except one. That victory for the Tigers came in 2013 at Kyle Field, and the 45-41 win really put the Tigers back in the college football spotlight that season. If this season is to be as special as 2013, Auburn will most likely need to escape College Station with a W.
Top Offensive Player: Junior Wide Receiver Josh Reynolds
Top Defensive Player: Sophomore Defensive End Myles Garrett
Quick Fact: Before the 2014 season the SEC freshman record for sacks was eight, set in 2011 by South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. Myles Garrett easily broken that record, finishing with 12 for the season.
2014 Results: 8-5 (3-5 SEC)
Sept. 5--Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (Houston, Tex.)
Sept. 12--Ball State at Texas A&M
Sept. 19--Nevada at Texas A&M
Sept. 26--Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Tex.)
Oct. 3--Mississippi State at Texas A&M
Oct. 17--Alabama at Texas A&M
Oct. 24--Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Oct. 31--South Carolina at Texas A&M
Nov. 7--Auburn at Texas A&M
Nov. 14--Western Carolina at Texas A&M
Nov. 21--Texas A&M at Vanderbilt
Nov. 28--Texas A&M at LSU
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