Don't be lulled to sleep by Colorado's 58-0 egg they laid against Missouri last week. I do think Colorado is improved under Coach Hawkins and they will come to College Station with a chip on their shoulder. This is an evenly matched game that will likely come down to turnovers and missed opportunities. For A&M, the key will be which defense shows up. Will it be the one that came out fired up against Texas Tech and forced a few punts and challenged the Red Raiders on several possessions, or will the one that was completely domicile against a mediocre ISU offense and struggled against Kansas State three weeks ago? Well, the common theme in A&M's struggles is a dual-threat athletic quarterback. The Buffs don't have that resource at QB, and that plays well for the Aggies. In Boulder I'd be worried, but at Kyle Field I think the Ags come out fired up to get a win for the 12th Man after several disappointments at home.
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The Aggies offense has proven to be difficult to stop lately, and given Colorado's recent struggles on defense, that's not a good sign for Buffs fans. On the flip side, the Aggies haven't forced many punters into action all season, but they may have a chance to improve their defensive stats against a team that was shutout by Missouri a week ago.
The Aggies are picked to win by a narrow margin, but if the Aggie defense can rise to the occasion, A&M could actually win this one pretty big.
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It is tough to gauge Colorado, as they and Texas A&M share only one common opponent, Kansas State, who the Buffs were able to beat at home 14-13. The Colorado offense is struggling, and this game, once again, will come down to if the Aggies can force any kind of stop on defense, or if it will allow yet another team to move the ball at will.
To me, this game comes down to which unit I can see moving the opposite direction, the Aggie offense committing turnovers, or the Aggie defense forcing stops. Unfortunately, the Aggie passing game may have been playing a little over its head the past few weeks, while the defense has gotten progressively worse almost each game. I'd love to be wrong, but it is hard to predict a win with this defense. Colorado will be playing with something to prove, and could leave Texas A&M with another upset on their hands in Kyle.
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