The panel is unanimous in thinking the Aggies will cover the 36 point spread and win the game handily. That's bold.
I'm going to make this short but sweet. The Aggies correct some errors from week one and dominate the Vandals. This is a warm-up for the Oklahoma State game. This will be domination.
The Ags should do well against an experienced team in the Idaho Vandals. I anticipate big games from both Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray. The defense should flex its muscles after a somewhat underwhelming game (or at least half) against SMU. Texas A&M in a blowout.
I'm going to abstain from just about any real football talk for our opponent due to a very unremarkable set of stats that really have no relevance on the game and just cover some interesting facts. I didn't realize Idaho was that far west, these dudes are actually from Russia(Moscow), that is a hell of a road trip for a payday. They play in a dome named after some guy who invented dog food (Kibbies and Bits). Their most famous athlete was some decathlete not named Kardashian and they have a WR named Elmo. They also have six Texans on the roster and apparently have opened up a direct pipeline to Copperas Cove with two players. I expect a pretty vanilla offense so we show no additional cards and we mix in a ton of personnel grinding out a quick paced game. Same for defense, where Coach D works on schemes that will likely benefit in preparation of O$U and provides ample playing time for the backups. Likely a sloppy fourth quarter as Ags cruise to a 52-10 win with a defensive TD and one punt return for a TD.
Not real impressed with the Vandals on either side of the ball. The Aggies are going to have their way on both fronts. Offense will roll and though Mike Sherman isn't one to get to gaudy with the scoreboard (i.e. his mercy kneel inside the Baylor 10 last year), getting younger players more reps should put the Ags north of 50. An aggressive Idaho defense will hurt themselves against an offense that can pick you apart in so many ways. Defensively, I'm betting A&M has tightened up a lot of screws with the bye and looking to say a little something at Kyle Field after to weeks of grunt work.
By looking at Idaho's first two games and the stat line, the Vandals just aren't very good. They were blown out at home by Bowling Green before pulling away late from North Dakota last weekend. Against weak competition, the Vandals couldn't come close to breaking the 100-yard mark on the ground, and the passing game completed less than 50% of its attempts in the 32-15 week one defeat. The OL is also giving up sacks, and A&M will take advantage. The Aggies need to come out with purpose and play a clean game in terms of turnovers and on special teams. After using a conservative game plan against SMU, look for Sherman to take some shots downfield to get the offense ready for OSu the following week. Aggies can name their score.
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