Five Keys to Beating Texas A&M – From the Bird’s Nest
Cajuns and Aggies this week. Louisiana has never won at Kyle Field, in fact, they've never come close to winning at Kyle Field. A crowd of over 100,000 will be announced. It'll be interesting, given the dissatisfaction with Kevin Sumlin, if they all show up.
The Cajuns are 24 point underdogs. Wanna shock college football? Here's how.
SLOW THE ROLL--The Cajuns have been downright abysmal against the run the first two games. If that doesn't change, they have no chance. Louisiana can't be expected to stop the run...but they have to slow it down. A&M needs to be put in third and pass.
MAKE THE QB UNCOMFORTABLE--This goes hand in hand with #1. A&M has given up some sacks this season. If the Cajuns can get the Aggies into a passing situation, they can bring some folks and try to force mistakes by the host team's quarterbacks. Maybe even force a turnover, something the Aggies' offense has not done through the first two games.
KEEP THE QB COMFORTABLE--Jordan Davis has proven he can get the job done. But the Cajuns' QB is going to get a test like he hasn't had this year. The best way to give him the chance for success is to have some success running the football. The Cajuns' offensive line has performed well. But they'll need to be especially good this week. A&M allows only 68 ypg rushing. That must change.
FOIL CAPTAIN KIRK--He's their best receiver. He returns punts. He returns kicks. He'll even run the ball from time to time. And, he's one of the fastest men in the FBS. His name is Christian Kirk. The Cajuns can't let the junior from Scottsdale, AZ have a big day. He's easily the Aggies' best weapon.
DEFENSIVE CHANGES HAVE TO MAKE THE CAJUNS BETTER--Mark Hudspeth said Monday there would be some personnel changes on defense. He also said those changes won't be revealed until kickoff. Whatever those changes are, they have to be a notable improvement from the first two weeks. If not, all this is for naught.