Texas A&M rolled to a decisive 44-27 win over Nevada on Saturday with a much more important matchup against Arkansas on the horizon. What did we learn about the 3-0 Aggies in their most recent victory?
Here are three major takeaways:
- The defensive line has some major upside: Strong defense has not been a hallmark of Texas A&M under coach Kevin Sumlin, but perhaps new defensive coordinator John Chavis is starting to change that. At the very least, “The Chief” has a few studly lineman manning his trenches. Myles Garrett recorded 3.5 sacks and four tackles for loss on Saturday, his counterpart Daeshon Hall has already flashed explosion off the edge this season (four sacks in the season opener) and freshman DT Daylon Mack reminded the college football world why he was a 5-star recruit with this incredible stop behind the line of scrimmage.
- The quarterback job looks like Kyle Allen’s to lose: If fans had any doubt whether Allen was the top dog in this race, the picture further crystallized on Saturday. The sophomore QB finished 18-of-31 passing for 270 yards and four touchdowns while adding 55 yards and another score on the ground. His backup, freshman and former 5-star prospect Kyler Murray, threw the ball four times after making limited appearances in the first two games, and he did so only once the Aggies held a comfortable lead. With exception to one ill-advised interception in the second half, Allen produced one of his best performances to date and looks to have the starting role locked down entering SEC play. In a conference light on QB talent this year, he may have already cracked the top three.
- There is still room for improvement: Criticizing a team that has won all of its games by at least 17 points is tough, but Texas A&M has shown some weaknesses in each contest to date. On Saturday, the Aggies allowed a couple of big plays early, including a 31-yard Nevada rushing TD on fourth down and Allen fumbling on a sack and watching a defender to run it into the end zone (luckily for Allen, his mistake was negated by a holding penalty). Still, the talent on this team is undeniable. Receiver Christian Kirk already looks like a star, the defense has shown promise and Texas A&M looks to have the makings of an SEC dark horse.