Friday, November 16, 2012
Prediction: Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston State
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M 66, Sam Houston State 17
Sam Houston State is one of the best teams in the FCS (the Bearkats are ranked third nationally in their division) and they made an impressive run to the national championship game last season. While it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bearkats show some fight, the Aggies are simply too talented and deep. Some wonder if the Aggies will come out sluggish or slow because they're coming off the high of beating then-No. 1 Alabama. I don't think they will, for a few reasons. First, this is their first home game since Oct. 20, so they'll feed off some of the crowd's energy. Second, the Aggies are traditionally a fast starting team. Third, not letting up has been drilled into their heads from the start of the week, when Kevin Sumlin sat with his seniors and discussed finishing their careers strong. Look for those seniors to lead the way to a comfortable win.
Players to watch: Kirby Ennis, Texas A&M
The junior defensive tackle is coming off perhaps his best game of the season. In the 29-24 win over Alabama, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Ennis tied for the team high with seven tackles and recorded a sack. Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder called him the "player of the game." This week, the Aggies will face a Sam Houston State squad that averages 294.3 rushing yards per game (fifth in the FCS). Stopping the run is always a focal point for the Aggies and it will be again on Saturday. Ennis will certainly be a significant part of those efforts.