Each week on Friday I'll give you five stats that I think may be relevant or telling in regards to Aggie football and their match-up that week. Some of them may be pulled from the data I'm compiling in my weekly Thursday posts, while others may simply be pointing out notable strengths and weaknesses of each team and how they relate to each other. So, without further
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- While A&M is a big, bad FBS school and Sam Houston is a lowly, wimpy FCS school, a word of caution: In week one, eight FCS schools upset FBS schools, and among the victims was last year's co-champion of the Big 12, Kansas State. While A&M should, I repeat, should, have an easy time with Sam Houston, Sam Houston is a good FCS team.
- In last year's A&M-SHSU game (a 47-28 Aggie victory), A&M jumped out to a 47-0 lead before allowing SHSU to score the game's final 28 points. As Kevin Sumlin said in this week's press conference, "Last year our first team played well. The second guys lost that second half, in my opinion. You saw a lot of those guys playing last Saturday. That gets our attention." In case it wasn't clear, what he's saying is that a lot of the players who were on the field last year while SHSU scored 28 points in a row are the same players who will now be expected to stop Sam Houston in the first half this year. Sam Houston will come into this game expecting to move the ball and score points.
- Thankfully, even if we do give up points, we have an offense that could fill three full-sized dump trucks with impressive statistics. So to pick one, I'll go with this: Johnny Manziel only played 19 snaps for A&M against Rice. Those 19 snaps led to 24 points. That's 1.26 points per play, which is a ridiculous number. Granted, it's a tiny sample size and is, to be honest, quite insignificant, but I don't really care, do I? (No.) Last year, Oregon led the nation in points per play with .586.
- Here's one more for the offense. In Sumlin's tenure at A&M, the Aggies have averaged 53 points per game against non-conference opponents. You have to think that with Johnny Manziel itching to show his stuff from the beginning, that A&M would be poised to easily match or exceed that. And there's just no way Sam Houston can keep up with that. They aren't Louisiana Tech.
- And finally, let's salute a guy we hope never plays for A&M again. Punter Drew Kaser had a day for the ages against Rice, averaging 62.7 yards per kick, while only allowing one return for 11 yards. Punters don't get much glory, so here's yours, Drew. A very lightly-read blog post acknowledging your big day. Now hopefully you never get a chance to punt again.