2019 Football Preview – SEC Conference – Texas A&M Aggies
Looking for 2019 Texas A&M Aggies predictions? Last season the Aggies reclaimed their spot among the SEC’s upper-echelon. With wins over Kentucky, LSU and N.C. State, head coach Jimbo Fisher’s first year at College Station proved memorable. In 2019, however, the Aggies must replace noted NFL departures, including 1,700-yard rusher Trayveon Williams, while navigating arguably the nation’s toughest schedule.
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2019 College Football Preview – Texas A&M Aggies
Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher
2018 Record: 9-4
Texas A&M Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: +6600
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Though, the return of Sophomore QB Kellen Mond, along with several offensive pieces from a year ago, will aid A&M’s cause. As a freshman, Mond led the Aggies’ balanced offensive attack, gaining 3,107 yards passing and 24 touchdown strikes against nine interceptions.
2019 Texas A&M Aggies Predictions: Team Strengths
Passing Game: With his offensive line and four-fifths of last season’s top recievers back, Mond should have no issue keeping opposing defenses on their heels.
Wideouts Quartney Davis (45 rec., 583 yds, 7 TD), Camron Buckley (34 rec., 434 yds) Jhaman Ausbon (31 rec., 375 yds), and Kendrick Rogers (27 rec., 336 yds, 5 TD) each look to improve upon solid 2018 numbers this season.
Joining that veteran group is a pair of four-star wide out recruits and a tandem of four-star tight ends. Baylor Cupp is the nation’s top-ranked TE and will take over starting duties for NFL-departure Jace Sternberger.
Further, projected starting RB Jashaun Corbin caught ten passes last season and ran for 5.7 yards per carry in Williams’ considerable shadow. Expect much more in 2019 from Corbin as he’s shown speedy, dual-threat capabilities.
In 2018 the Aggies averaged 252 passing yards and 219 rushing yards. Though the run game won’t fall off a cliff minus Williams, expect those passing numbers to jump a bit in 2019.
Overall, Texas A&M’s offense has enough returning and incoming talent to press any SEC defense through four quarters.
2019 Texas A&M Aggies Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Defensive Line Questions: After stuffing the run in 2018, allowing just 95 ground yards per game, player turnover has drained the Aggies’ current front seven. However, lone front-five defensive starter DT Justin Madubuike is surrounded by returning 2018 reserves and freshmen signees looking to make an impact.
Among the returnees are Jayden Peevy, Bobby Brown III, Tyree Johnson and Micheal Clemons. Prized frosh five-star recruit DT DeMarvin Leal heads an incoming group including ILB Andre White Jr., DE Derrick Hunter and ILB Ke’Shun Brown.
Though the faces are new, defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s group shouldn’t face much downturn. But in the SEC, and specifically SEC West, even a minor slip can cause unwanted issues.
Though, A&M’s biggest on-field concern is the secondary. Last year the Aggies allowed 253 passing yards per game -#13 SEC. To address this Achilles heel, Coach Fisher brought in four-star corners Eric Young and Elijah Blades. Notable safety recruits Demani Richardson and Brian Williams also join the fray.
Each recruit will press returning, ineffective second line incumbents Debione Renfro, Charles Oliver and Derrick Tucker for starting minutes.
Texas A&M Aggies Prediction: 8-4
Many years, this skilled A&M squad would be mentioned in the national playoff conversation. Unfortunately, much more damning than any on-field issue is the Aggies’ brutal schedule.
Week two sees A&M battle defending National Champion Clemson at Clemson. From there the Aggies face Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Georgia and LSU.
Let that sink in.
I’ll be generous and give Texas A&M eight wins against what is undoubtedly one of CFB’s toughest modern ledgers. That means the Aggies will beat Auburn, Mississippi and South Carolina. Though road upsets, especially after grinders with Bama and Clemson, should be almost impossible vs. UGA & LSU.
Give A&M’s talent, how they handle their calendar should transform into a major 2019 storyline.
2019 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule
Date Time vs Score
- 8/29/19 8:30 PM ET TXST
- 9/7/19 3:30 PM ET @CLEM
- 9/14/19 7:00 PM ET LAM
- 9/21/19 TBD AUB
- 9/28/19 TBD @ARK
- 10/12/19 TBD ALA
- 10/19/19 TBD @MISS
- 10/26/19 TBD MSST
- 11/2/19 TBD UTSA
- 11/16/19 TBD SOCAR
- 11/23/19 TBD @UGA
- 11/30/19 TBD @LSU
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