The SEC premiere for Razorback football in 2021 will be a big one. Arkansas will be going to Arlington, Texas to face a team that finished No. 4 in the nation.
In short, this is the first true test for Coach Pittman & Co. before they start a slew of SEC matchups to finish out their schedule.
Here are three things you might not know about Texas A&M... and how this team stands up to the Aggies:
▶️ Control The Clock: The Aggies were third in the nation last season in terms of time of possession, thanks largely in part to being the third-best team at converting third downs. (That's a lot of thirds.) This isn't a team that was the near the top in terms of total yardage per game. Their 439.2 yards per game was 33rd in the nation—good but not great. Rather, it goes back to their ability to convert third downs. That was key to their success and will be key to stopping them come this fall.
▶️ Decisions At Quarterback: Kellen Mond was a four-year starter at Texas A&M and good enough to go at the top of the third round in this year's NFL Draft. Left to fill the void is Haynes King and Zach Calzada, who have 28 career pass attempts combined. They'll battle it out in camp for the QB1 spot. The starter will likely be King, but either one is going to be working out the kinks coming into this Week 4 matchup.
▶️ On The Run: Regardless of who starts under center, this Aggies team will rely on its run game. Isaiah Spiller is a model for consistency, hovering right around 1,000 yards on the ground and double-digit touchdowns in each of his two seasons at College Station. They've borrowed sprinter Devon Achane from the track team to average 8.5 yards per carry last year. Ainias Smith is an offensive weapon, totaling nearly 900 yards on the ground and in the air. Any game plan against this Texas A&M team begins and ends with stopping their more-than-capable stable of running backs.
SEC Media Days is scheduled to start on Monday, July 19th. Leading up to the event, we'll be breaking down all 12 of the team's opponents in 2021. Up tomorrow? Georgia!