Pregame blitz: Texas A&M vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Kellen Mond

Texas A&M has only eight offensive plays of 20 yards or longer. That was the program's third-most yards in seven seasons under coach Mark Hudspeth and their most since gaining 620 yards against Nicholls State in 2013.

"Defensively up front we improved", said A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin. The internal conflict is style over substance. Four rushers have combined for 15 attempts at a -1.5 yards-per-rush average for A&M. Bussey is third on the depth chart behind Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford. This week, it appears Mond will be "the" guy because senior Jake Hubenak reportedly is injured. Will this trend continue against Louisiana?

With the loss of starting quarterback Nick Starkel, the Aggies have. The offense, once again, sputtered under true freshman Kellen Mond against FCS opponent Nicholls in Week 2. The current depth chart offers no clarification, as Hubenak and Mond are listed with an "or" between them.

"Brandon had a rough night that night", Delhomme said, "and our playmakers were making plays". Whichever makes the best of them could claim the top spot on the depth chart moving forward.

One example of that came after an Aggies turnover inside the Cajuns 10 in the second quarter, when it looked like A&M would tie the game. After two weeks, the defense is among the worst in the nation statistically, allowing 446 yards per game. But this year's team has also shown offensive firepower, much like the Delhomme-led squads of the late 1990s. He finished with 97 yards rushing after running for just 172 yards all of last season.

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Davis is good because he's got a pair of great receivers in Ryheem Malone (12 catches, 156 yards) and Keenan Barnes (9-172). A&M is now allowing 6.37 yards per play, the most in the SEC. There is enough talent on hand for A&M to switch into domination mode, unless Sumlin and staff have already lost the team.

When the Texas A&M Aggies entered halftime of Saturday's game against Louisiana-Lafayette trailing 21-14, tensions were at an all-time high for the players and fans alike.

Sportsbook Review now shows Texas A&M as a 24-point favorite over Louisiana-Lafayette, with the O/U set at 60.

- Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience and is a member of the FWAA.

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