Evaluating the Aggies

It's the 107th Battle of the Brazos this weekend in Waco as #25 Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2) takes on Baylor (7-3, 4-2) at 6:00. A&M is coming off a huge win against Oklahoma last weekend as Baylor looks to rebound from a tough day in Stillwater. Inside, we look at who and what the Bears can expect to see from the Aggies this Saturday.

QB: Ryan Tannehill is now 2-0 in his career as a starter. After a school record-setting 449 yard debut against Texas Tech, Tannehill followed it up with a 33-19 upset win over #11 Oklahoma last weekend. He looked less invincible last weekend, throwing 2 picks and forcing a couple of passes into coverage when there wasn't an open man, but he's a talented player without a doubt. He doesn't have the speed of Jerrod Johnson, but he can still get outside of the pocket and make things happen with his feet. Most impressive, he was able to spread the ball around against a talented Oklahoma defense, completing a pass to 8 different receivers.

RB: After Christine Michael's season ending injury against Texas Tech, there were some questions about whether or not the A&M rushing attack would drop off. Junior Cyrus Gray stepped in against Oklahoma and rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries. Gray is quick and can be very dangerous if he's able to get along the outside. Junior Bradley Stevens has gotten a little more playing time since Michael went down as well. Stevens is a smaller back that's very quick and is averaging 4 yards per carry.

WR: Jeff Fuller and Ryan Swope are among the Big 12's leaders in receptions this season, and they catch the majority of balls thrown by Johnson and now Tannehill. Fuller has 58 catches, 11 of which have been touchdowns. He's averaging almost 16 yards per catch and is a big receiver than can jump up and grab passes out of the air that defensive backs have no chance at. Swope is a slot receiver than can tear up defenses on the short, 8-12 yard routes. He's caught 57 passes this year and can gain a lot of yards after the catch due to his quickness.

O-Line: The Texas A&M line has struggled this season and due to injuries, they've had to play 3 true freshmen at times. They're giving up a Big 12 high 30 sacks, 6 more than Kansas, the next school on the list. The OU defense was able to get through the line though, pressuring Tannehill to force throws that could have been intercepted. That said, last weekend they were able to move the ball both on the ground and through the air.

D-Line: The Aggies' defensive line came up huge last weekend, stopping Oklahoma 4 times in the red zone. It was without a doubt their defense's best performance of the season. Ends Lucas Patterson and Tony Jerod-Eddie each had 8 tackles last weekend and pressured Oklahoma's Landry Jones all night.

LB: Von Miller terrorized Oklahoma all night long. He had 8 tackles, 3 of which were for a loss (to go along with A&M's 8 other TFLs), 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble. He came at Landry Jones from every angle. However, he did have to leave the game a couple of times due to leg cramps and he missed time earlier in the season due to an ankle injury. LB Michael Hodges also had a big week, leading the team with 19 tackles and 2 sacks.

DB: A&M's secondary got a workout last weekend, as Oklahoma threw the ball 60 times against them. CB Terrence Frederick broke up 3 passes last week and led the Aggie secondary with 7 tackles. Coryell Judie had a huge week too, returning a kickoff for a TD and intercepting a pass near the end of the first half as OU was driving down the field.

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