Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The 2014 Football season started off with a bang for Texas A&M with five straight wins. Freshman quarterback Kenny Hill looked like the next “JOHNNY FOOTBALL”, but the Aggies dropped five of their last seven to end the season. The Aggies ended up going 8-5 overall, 3-5 in SEC action. Texas A&M beat West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl. They play in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin enters his fourth season with a 28-11 record. Twelve starters are back from last season’s squad. The Texas A&M Aggies plays home games at the 102,500 seat Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
Six starters return to the potent Texas A&M offense in 2015. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen (1,322) passing yards last season will be under center. The offensive line has to improve physically, and Sumlin brought in new line coach Dave Christiansen to work with the group. Junior College transfer Avery Gennesy will get the start at left tackle. Senior running back Tra Carson (581) rushing yards will share carries with Brandon Williams and James White. The strength of the offense is at wide receiver with All-SEC performer Josh Reynolds (842) receiving yards in 2014. Deep threat Speedy Noil will stretch the defense, and Ricky Seals-Jones is a big target. The Texas A&M offense will roll if the offensive line holds up. The Texas A&M Aggies were 5-8 on Free College Football Betting Picks last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total seven times.
*The A&M offense was 30th nationally, averaging 455.4 yards of per contest.
*The Aggies were 1-6 ATS at home last season.
*Texas A&M went 3-2 Against The Number on the road.
*The betting odds total went 1-6 at home.
*The Aggies went over the betting odds total four times on the road.
*Texas A&M stayed under the betting odds total once away from home.
*The Aggies passing attack put up 305.5 yards per game throwing the football, 12th in the land.
*Texas A&M scored 35.2 ppg, 26th in College Football.
*The Aggies rushing attack ranked 82nd in the land, with 149.9 yards per contest running the ball.
The Aggies defense will benefit from the hiring of former LSU coordinator John Chavis. Six starters from last season return to an improved Texas A&M defense. Sophomore defensive end Myles Garrett (11.5) sacks in 2014 will soar with Chavis teaching his pass rushing techniques. The secondary has talent with returning starting cornerback De Vante Harris. Safety Armani Watts has the size to be a force defending the pass and run. There is depth and experience at linebacker, but the unit must stay healthy.
*The Aggies defense was 102nd in the land, allowing opponents 450.8 yards per game running the football.
*Texas A&M gave up 234.8 yards per contest through the air, 80th in the FBS.
*The Aggies gave up 28.1 ppg, 75th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Texas A&M rush defense was 109th in the country, allowing 216.0 yards per game on the ground.
*The Aggies opens up 2015 vs. Arizona State in a nonconference game at Houston.
*The Aggies get Conference foes Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State at home.
Bovada lists the Texas A&M Aggies at over/under seven and a half wins in 2015.