Hop's Five Keys To Success - KSU Game

The Texas Aggie football team tries to get back on the right track in Manhattan, Kansas when they battle KSU. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop discusses his five keys to success and what it will take to leave Kansas with a victory.

1) Do Whatever it Takes to Stop the Zone Read

The zone read option is the engine that drives everything that Bill Snyder does on offense. Tim DeRuyter's first priority is to stop it and he'll likely brig up his safeties for run support and allow his corners to play press man which they did well last week against OU. It helps that A&M's best cover man, Coryell Judie, is expected to play.

2) Hit Some Early Downfield Passes to Outside Receivers

A tough Bill Snyder defense will be able to handle a horizontal offense. The Aggie offense must hit on 2-3 15+ yard completions early to keep the safeties honest and allow the Aggie running game to establish a consistent attack.

3) Don't Lose the Turnover Margin

For all the consternation and analysis about what is wrong with this team, you simply have to look at the turnover margin where the Aggies are ranked near the bottom of the NCAA. For all of the talk of Texas' talent shortcomings last year, they finished near the bottom of the NCAA in turnover margin. In fact, turnover margin is probably the most important stat in football at every level. Lose the ball and you lose the game. Create turnovers and you usually win. It's that simple.

4) Get Off to a Strong Start

I know everybody is obsessed with the third quarter problems so far this season, but given the fragile state of this team along with the memories from two years ago in Manhattan, the Aggies will need some things to go their way early in this game. You don't have to worry about blowing a third quarter lead unless you actually start strong and take the lead. If this team falls behind 14 points early in the first half, the third quarter won't matter.

5) Utilize the Tight End

Good things have happened to the Aggie offense when they've targeted the tight end. In fact, Hicks, Prioleau, and Lamothe are quietly having a very good year catching the ball and they are underrated playmakers on the offense.

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