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Texas A&M Football

To have a chance against the Tide, Ags must limit mistakes, exhume confidence

October 8, 2021
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The way Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher sees it, the Aggies must do things the same way to avoid doing things the same way.

To explain:

“Every game to us as a player should be the same,” Fisher said. “Your opponents are faceless. That’s great to be in a big game and all of that, but you can’t look at that. You have to play the same no matter what you do. Each and every week has to be the same.”

Unfortunately, not every opponent is the same. And A&M can’t play at the same level against No. 1 ranked Alabama to avoid the same results on Saturday at Kyle Field.

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The Ags are looking for their first victory over ‘Bama since 2012 and first-ever at Kyle Field. 

The Aggies (3-2, 0-2) have lost eight straight to Alabama (5-0, 2-0), which faces A&M in a Southeastern Conference clash as the nation’s top-ranked team for the seventh time.

However, A&M isn’t nearly as concerned about those previous eight losses to Alabama as the recent consecutive losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Those losses have been polluted by penalties, pivotal turnovers, poor offensive play and inconsistent defense.

That isn’t conducive to beating Alabama. Quarterback Bryce Young is a leading Heisman Trophy contender. Also, the Tide excels in capitalizing on the mistakes of opponents.

Eliminating those mistakes — whether they be penalties, dropped passes or turnovers — is the Aggies’ top priority.

“We’ve got to stay ahead of the chains,” junior tight end Jalen Wydermyer said. “It’s kind of a drive killer when you get a false start, and you’re first-and-15. Penalties and stuff like that are little things that get you behind the chains. It’s hard to make up for those.”

“Those will be very critical. We need all the yards we can get playing a great team like Alabama.”

A&M has had problems producing yards against SEC rivals. The Aggies have failed to accumulate at least 300 yards of total offense in each of their two SEC games.

“Once you’ve got all the confidence, you can make all the right reads, and the sky’s the limit from there.”
- Junior TE Jalen Wydermyer

Part of that is due to an influx of youth and first-year starters. True freshmen Reuben Fatheree and Bryce Foster are starting on the offensive line. Freshman Demand Demas is at receiver. Third-year sophomore quarterback Zach Calzada has struggled as a first-time starter.

Wydermyer said new players need a jolt of confidence, which he got by scoring two touchdowns against Alabama as a freshman.

“It boosted my confidence all the way up,” Wydermyer said. “That’s all that matters with young players. All you need is confidence. Once you’ve got all the confidence, you can make all the right reads, and the sky’s the limit from there.”

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To have a chance against the Tide, Ags must limit mistakes, exhume confidence

3,035 Views | 15 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by NavasotaAg
texag86
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I think you meant 'exhude' not 'exhume'
JustisWalkert
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I can dig it
MaroonStain
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texag86 said:

I think you meant 'exhude' not 'exhume'


No...I think in this context, Olin is on point.
AgOutsideAustin
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Starts with Zach, needs to step up.
Mr. Ectomy
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exhume: dig out (something buried, especially a corpse) from the ground.

Sounds about where this team's confidence might be.
MaroonStain
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Mr. Ectomy said:

exhume: dig out (something buried, especially a corpse) from the ground.

Sounds about where this team's confidence might be.
Meximan
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Freudian slip much?
HiWay6
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Gonna take a big backhoe to exhume enough confidence to keep it close.
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sharpdressedman
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texag86 said:

I think you meant 'exhude' not 'exhume'
I think he got it right. Olin gets points for candor.
Dilettante
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Also it's exude not exhude.
OrygunAg
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Exhumed reveille I will be placed next to the Alabama bench to haunt the f out of Saban. We will wing in the war grackle, war bats and mirror out Kyle to finish the deal.
67Agsgigem
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All this is pretty funny I must admit ie exhume, exude etc. " confidence " .Olin has it right
I'm predicting the upset of the year and a win out season
alamogeorge
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The state of journalism these days.
"You may all go to hell, and I will go to Aggieland!" -Davy Crockett
SchizoAg
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Meximan said:

Freudian slip much?
You should familiarize yourself with that term before attempting to use it again.
NavasotaAg
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Saw headline…thought LOL, thought about it and realized the innuendo. Well done.
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