Our Aggies pulled out another win! Texas A&M 56 Ball State 23. Now I bet you’re asking yourself, who is Ball State? Well, you and 97% of Aggies. It’s a small university out of Muncie, Indiana. Only about 20,000 students enrolled which is pretty small compared to this year’s 58,500 at Texas A&M. Last week Trey predicted a shut out game while Oscar went for them actually getting on the board. Trey, Oscar, and now weekly addition, Jordan Pugh will talk about their impressions of the game, rookies playing, and Kyle Field.
This was also the first home game of the season with our newly renovated Kyle Field. What did you think Aggies? Impressed, or do you still want our old home back? While I’m with some of you on the fact that I miss our old home, I have to say this new one is pretty amazing. Trey and Jordan were both on hand at the game to see it in person. Oscar at home, but said that if the field was as impressive in person as it was on tv, then it’s an amazing place.
Here are a few articles from Good Bull Hunting on the evolution of Kyle Field.
Jordan: As a former player, a little mad at the idea that our old home may have needed an update. As a fan, highly impressed at the level of dedication that went into the designing of the new field. Beautiful.
Oscar: They were showing the aerials, inside the stadium, and the facilities.
Trey: Exceeds expectations.
Now on to the game:
Jordan: Saw a bit of a change in this game. The Defense became a ruling force and attacking the offence.
Trey: First few runs made him nervous, mostly likely because of the hype in the stadium and coming into the game, but with a sold out game of over 104,000 in attendance, the team got their head into the game after that.
Oscar: Nervous as well, but glad that after the blow out of half of 49-3, glad that Sumlin started taking out the first string and adding in rookie players.
ME: I agree. Those 2nd and 3rd string players will need the game experience later in the season when injuries start happening. Not that I’m counting on many, but they’re going to need that play time and experience. You don’t want to throw them into the deep end with an SEC game like Bama or LSU with zero play time under their belt. The small games like ASU and Ball State are the place. As Trey referred to it in a chat between us, this game was more of a “live scrimmage”. Entirely understandable since with a team like this, you’d expect us to go out and slaughter them.
Jordan: Saw what he wanted to see with the 1st string, but also happy to see Sumlin dial back the starters and played the inexperienced players. The 1st team of course dominated with 49 points in the first half, could have easily gone to 100+ points in the whole game but that wouldn’t accomplish anything.
Trey: Agreed. The rookie experience is needed more than the points. So what if we dropped a spot in the polls? It wasn’t a loss.
Jordan: A win is a win.
Nevada game: (I know this game already happened, sorry, I’m behind. Been gone for a couple weeks on a road trip around the north island.)
Trey: Nevada will definitely be a stronger opponent than Ball State, not to put down BSU.
Jordan: Defense will need to take prize. Not quite yet SEC play, but will need to dominate in preparation for conference play. Especially with Arkansas coming up. Need to up the running game to offset the passing.
Oscar: Wants to see a similar effort of first team dominating in the first half and bringing in the second and third string players in the second. More experience is needed.
ME: This is kinda of still considered preseason for us. ASU, BSU, and Nevada are non-conference play which will build the players experience, hype the team, and set a track for the oncoming season. Arkansas is a long time rival, though we are undefeated with them since entering the SEC. Playing in Dallas is another thing since Jerry Jones is of course a Razorback. Good luck piggies!
A little pre-Arkansas commentary as well:
Jordan: Defense will need to dictate the Arkansas game. They’ll be in a “must win” mode especially since they lost to Toledo. It’ll be a true test for the team. Arkansas lost to us last season as well, and the rivalry grew.
Oscar: Agreed. It’s the first real test of the season with this game.
Aggie of the Week:
Denver Broncos and class of 2010 – Von Miller (#58 – outside linebacker)
Now, Jordan has played with Von and remembers when Miller was given the jack position (defensive end/linebacker hybrid) and the look on his face. Later in his NCAAF career, Miller was switched to outside linebacker. He’s been able to utilize his rushing talent more.
Jordan: He has a little anecdote to share about a team meeting with Miller.
Trey: It’s fun to see a friend continue on into the national level and hold his own.
Oscar: He’s been kind of quiet lately, but can’t wait to see him open up against rival Kansas City.
Trey: Yup, that stadium will get loud, but we all know that Von Miller has NO problem playing in a loud stadium 🙂
I’m excited that Von Miller was this week’s Aggie of the Week. I loved watching him play at university, but it’s even better seeing him play professional. His twitter is @MillerLite40
Trey: TAMU 45 Nev 17
Jordan: TAMU 49 Nev 10
Oscar: TAMU 56 Nev 21
Beat the hell outta the Nevada Wolf Pack! Whoop!
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