Texas A&M vs. Iowa State: Predictions

Aggie Websider's resident experts give you their pick of the week. In this crucial game against Iowa State, does the staff think Texas A&M can get it done, or will the Aggies be shut down in Ames?

Hop's prediction:

This game will tell us a lot about where this team stands in terms of progress. Iowa State doesn't have a very dynamic offense either through the air or on the ground. If the Aggie defense comes to play and continues on the learning curve, they should be able to hold the Cyclones to 24-27 points. The Iowa State defense will try to attack A&M on offense, but they are exposed to the big play and rank near the bottom in the Big 12 in several categories. The key for this game is A&M's battered offensive line and Jerrod Johnson's ability to either step up in the pocket or get outside the pocket to buy more time. If he's successful doing that, there will be big plays to be made with Ryan Tannehill, Jamie McCoy, and Jeff Fuller. Johnson makes those plays in Ames, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Bradley Stephens see more action and make a couple of plays to boost a struggling rushing attack.

Texas A&M 34
Iowa State 27

Dallas' prediction:

The Aggies have been looking for a team to take out their frustrations on, and Iowa State may just be that team. Michael Goodson may not play, but the Aggies have other ways to beat this Cyclone team. If the offense can play 4 quarters of solid football, they can score enough points to overcome the 20 or so Iowa State is almost sure to put up. This game will be close, but for once it will fall in favor of the Aggies.

Texas A&M 27
Iowa State 23

Taylor's prediction:

I can't wait for this game. Both teams desperately need a win, and it should be a hard fought battle in Ames. A&M has struggled to contain breakout players, but luckily Iowa State has not established a clear go to guy. On the other hand, the big and aggressive Jeff Fuller should have his best day yet in an Aggie uniform. If Jerrod Johnson can find time in the pocket to make the throws he is capable of, the Aggies will be able to hold off the Cyclones. While Iowa State should not be taken lightly, they did almost edge Kansas this year, A&M will hold on for the win and get revenge on Iowa State's home field.

Texas A&M 38
Iowa State 34

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