Websider Prognosticator Panel - SMU Game

The season opener is here and that also means the return of the Aggie Websider Prognosticator Panel with our core group of rock1aggie, aggiemetal, Wargo, and Hop returning for anotyher successful season. Our 2011 guest picker is BNRFlats who will try to unseat the veterans. See what the panel thinks of the SMU game.

Rock1Aggie

Aggies 45
Mustangs 17


The Ags walk tall in this matchup. I have learned that Tank does not run up the score, so the Ags have a balanced attack and put the game away early 3rd quarter. SMU is better than people give June Jones credit for. THey will score a few points ( mostly late I believe) but they have beefed up their OL and DL and are 10 times more athletic than the team you saw A&M put 60 on before the arrival of Jones. All in all will be a good showing from the Ags against a back to back Bowl team that many pick to win their conference this year.


Wargo

Aggies 45
Mustangs 17


A&M's loaded offensive line will be too much for SMU's defensive line. I predict 100 yard games for both Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael. I predict less that 200 offensive yards for SMU against the wrecking crew, but the defense should still be wary of SMU's big running back and air attack.


BNRFlats

Aggies 45
Mustangs 24


On defense, SMU allowed 113 ypg rushing last year against teams that really didn't focus much on the run. I think the Ags could run the ball 95% of the time and finally wear down the Pony D, but look for Tank to mix in plenty of play action then look to Fuller and some drag routes over the middle to soften up the defense. In their biggest game last year against TCU, even though Dalton threw 2 picks and SMU returned a kick for a score, the end result was still 41-24. As for the offensive side of the ball, I do expect some initial success as Padron dinks and dunks all over the place with quick hitters and the occasional long shot down the field. However, De Crew (DeRuyter's Wrecking Crew) will start to punish the o-line, the receivers, and finally the QB. The defensive front will keep their RB in Line since his three best games last year were Marshall, Tulane, and TCU in that order for more than 33% of his yearly yardage total. Channeling my inner Scout, Ags score on 6 out of 10-12 possessions and De Crew gets their own score, 45-24.


Aggiemetal

Aggies 48
Mustangs 17


A talented and dangerous SMU offense (with a strong OL, QB, RB, and WR corps) will move the ball here and there, but not with the consistency they've grown accustomed to. The Mustang defense will also bite off more than it can chew in a top notch A&M OL that, unlike 2010, should hit the ground running, physically dominating the day and paving the path for its high grade talent to take over, early and often. As focused and humble as you'll find in an 8th ranked team, look for the Aggies to give up a little bit here and there (due to first game miscues and reasonable SMU talent), but crush on the day, sending a message to its own fans saying, "while you guys are hovering on a message board endlessly, how's about giving the best team we've fielded in 15-20 years (and maybe more) a little love".


Hop

Aggies 38
Mustangs 17


I think the Mustangs' spread offense will have some early success as the Aggie defense gets acclimated to the scheme. But Tim DeRuyter will figure it out by the middle of the second quarter and I think the Aggie defense starts laying some good hits on SMU QB Kyle Padron, which will result in some mistakes. On offense, I think the Aggies will stay conservative early and will focus on establishing the run and throwing underneath to the slot and backs. By the second half I think Ryan Tannehill and Jeff Fuller will hit on some big plays and the Aggies pull away by the middle of the third quarter.



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