Texas State vs Texas A&M

Texas State vs Texas A&M  : The 2019 season is here, and the Aggies begin at home on Thursday night against Texas State. The Texas A&M Aggies kick off their 2019 season on Thursday night. The Aggies will welcome the Texas State Bobcats to College Station in an intrastate matchup that figures to be very fun for one side, at least.

Texas A&M is the first SEC team to launch trials against Texas State on Week 1 of the university football season. It’s a very uncommon matchup as the Aggies only played the Bobcats twice in their history, with the last encounter coming fourteen years earlier between the two.

At least in theory, the all-Texan affair is the ideal opportunity for Texas A&M to begin the front foot campaign before facing nine days later defending Clemson champions on the highway. Last season, the Aggies came 9-4 in the first campaign in charge of Jimbo Fisher, their highest record since the 2013 season. Texas A&M went 5-3 against rivals of the SEC and won the Gator Bowl, 52-13 of North Carolina State.

The Aggies are anticipated to continue their growth in Fisher’s second season at College Station, ranked 12th in the nation by the Associated Press. The 53-year-old, who won a domestic title as Florida State leader, has been working hard at Texas A&M to instill a winning culture.

Hopefully, it’s sinking in,” the Associated Press cited him as stating. I think it’s the way we exercise and the toughness and the manner we perform and compete.’ Improvement could be difficult to achieve in a season that provides the Aggies with a grueling timetable. Following the game against Clemson, Texas A&M will play another three teams presently ranked in the top 10. On October 12, No. 2 Alabama will travel to College Station before returning to No. 3 conferences.

For Texas A&M, quarterback Kellen Mond is the primary player that everyone is watching. Kellen Mond really broke into the national scene when in the early part of the 2018 season the Aggies lost a close game to Clemson. Mond performed exceptionally well and showed he was able to battle against an elite defense in a close match. Fans are expecting large stuff from their quarterback with another year in the scheme of head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Last year, Mond threw more than 3,100 yards and 24 touchdowns. His 57 percent completion percentage was not unbelievable, and with a little better execution he could go up somewhat. Wide receivers will assist Quartney Davis and Jhamon Ausbon complete the air assault.

Keep an eye on defensive linemen like Justin Madubuike, DeMarvin Leal and Tyree Johnson on the defensive side of the field. They will be key to maintaining a respectable defense for the Aggies. Mond is the first of 3 junior starters on this list (along with Feleipe Franks and Jarrett Guarantano) with clear Leap Year potential, and the 3’s best bet to fulfill it for my money after taking a major step forward from 2017 to 2018.

His physical instruments are evident: Mond has already flashed the arm, the wheels, and a star’s improvisational flair, based purely on the highlight reel. When everything goes together, as in an electric, 430-yard, 3-TD performance against Clemson last September, even the country’s finest defenses are at his mercy.

That hasn’t been almost frequently enough so far. There was a clunker against Arkansas (114.9 efficiency, 32.8 QBR), Mississippi State (95.2 efficiency, 73.6 QBR) or Auburn (111.8 efficiency, 57.1 QBR) for each successful outing against Clemson (172.5 efficiency, 96.4 QBR), LSU (136.5 efficiency, 81.0 QBR), or South Carolina (156.6 efficiency, 79.5 QBR). Mond took too many bags, made too many turnovers, and tended to vanish for lengthy stretches at a moment, e.g. nearly the whole month of October; his rating on the highway plummeted by more than 40 points compared to his rating at College Station.

If at the end of the regulation his late, game-clinching interception against LSU had not been washed off the table, facilitating his stat-padding heroics in overtime, Mond’s rage of optimism in the offseason could have blowed in the opposite direction just as readily.

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