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Saturday, August 29, 2015

What Must Auburn Do: Texas A & M

When the time comes for our Tigers to travel to Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, the Aggies will have already welcomed the nations TV viewers into their newly redesigned stadium. 

Coached by Kevin Sumlin, the Aggies start their season with Arizona State in Houston, TX. Then a couple of tune up games versus Ball State and Nevada before getting into their conference schedule. What a schedule it is! 

In consecutive weeks they will play Arkansas, Miss St., Alabama, Ole Miss, and South Carolina before they play host to Auburn on November 7th.

Oddly, these two teams have some similarities. Both teams had explosive offensive numbers throughout their 2014 campaigns only to have their respective defenses let them down.

Both teams have won their last meeting at the others stadium. Auburn won in 2013 at Kyle Field, and A & M has won last year at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Each has hired a new and proven Defensive Coordinator. Auburn of course, hired Will Muschamp, and A & M hired John Chavis away from LSU.

A new offensive line coach, Dave Christensen is also in the mix for the Aggies.
What must Auburn do? As with any road game, the Tigers must keep penalties at a minimum. Nothing will give a home team the momentum faster than penalties by the visiting teams. The offensive line must be disciplined. The defensive backs must have great communication, and most importantly, the entire team must execute the game plan.

Last season Auburn lost the game partially because of 2 fumbles inside the Aggie 30 yard line while driving on A & M. Ball control is of utmost importance. 

Auburn can take the crowd of the game by running the ball effectively, and taking advantage of any turnovers given by the Tiger defense.

If our guys can stay focused, not have senseless penalties, and take care of the football, Auburn can win this game. It happened in 2013, it can happen again.

Looking forward, this game is tough to predict. Since that is what I do here, lets go with Auburn 52 - Aggies 24

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