Maybe A&M could beat Mississippi State this week on talent alone, but that won’t be the case in two weeks against Alabama. The Aggies must use Saturday’s 20-10 loss to Arkansas as a wake-up call. A&M must find an identity. Last year’s team struggled in their first two games, but finished with an eight-game winning streak. He found a way to win by playing complementary football in all three phases. This is not the case with this year’s team. A&M beat three inferior opponents, but Arkansas was superior to A&M in all phases.
A&M’s offense is in trouble, especially the offensive line. The optimistic outlook ahead of the season was that A&M had racked up enough talent to fit in four starters and not only be as good as last year’s loaded senior squad, but maybe even better. The reality is that A&M’s five linemen struggled to stop three Arkansas defensemen from putting pressure on quarterback Zach Calzada, who played as a sophomore for his second career start. . Perhaps the mobility and pedigree of Haynes King, who entered the season as a starting quarterback, would have covered some of the line’s shortcomings, but probably not. Last year’s line, which has contributed so much to the team’s success, ran for three years.
A&M’s defense, the team’s strength, allowed 197 rushing yards towards Arkansas. The stretches in the first three games where inferior teams were able to lead the football was no accident. A&M also couldn’t cover wide receiver Treylon Burks, who tallied six receptions for 167 yards, helping give Arkansas offensive balance en route to 433 total yards.