Well the A&M playoff flirtation was short lived. It's back to reality, that usually happens in Starkville. The Bulldogs had A&M on the ropes early and drove home the point with just enough to beat the number 4 ranked Aggies. Here's what we saw:
- Stopping the run is still A&M's achilles heal. For all the talk that A&M's defense is different this year, the Aggies still struggle stopping the run. Entering the game A&M was 74th in the country and ninth in the SEC at stopping the run. Mississippi State put up 365 yards rushing against A&M and when the Aggies needed to get off the field, they couldn't.
- Trevor Knight's injury could be huge. Knight finished the game in a sling and watched the second half. How serious his injury is could loom large for A&M's chances of an upper division finish down the stretch. Jake Hubenak is an ok backup but he doesn't bring nearly the rush threat that made Knight such an asset to A&M's offense.
- Move on from all the silly playoff talk. Sure the committee named the Aggies the 4th best team in American Tuesday night, we're not sure what they're basing that on, but to say A&M was one of the four best teams in the country was just silly. Now expectations get more manageable for A&M. Three games are left, a 10 win season after all the offseason transferring and turmoil would be a huge accomplishment and might even get the Aggies to a New Years bowl.
A&M hosts Ole Miss next Saturday.