September 19, 2007

Aggies face tough test in Miami

Texas A&M hits the road for the first time in the 2007 when it faces Miami Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in the Orange Bowl. It's also the Aggies' first test from a BCS conference opponent.

Miami has been on the road against another Big 12 conference school and got blitzed by Oklahoma. They will be looking to save face against the Big 12 in front of a home crowd Thursday.

Needless to say, this game is huge for both teams.


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A&M Offensive Line

Miami Defensive Line

The A&M offensive line played like everyone thought it would this season against ULM, but now they have one of their toughest challenges in a Miami defensive line that is very quick and physical. If the Aggies want to put their stamp on this game with the run, then the Aggie offensive line is going to have to play it's best game of the year so far. A&M has had problems with smaller, quicker linemen this season. Now they get quicker, bigger linemen.

Miami junior defensive end Calais Campbell is going to be a first round draft pick in the NFL draft in the future, and he is very quick to go along with his 6-foot-8, 280-pound frame. The 'Canes welcome back two starters in Teraz McCray and Dwayne Hendricks at tackle and end Eric Monsur is no slouch opposite Campbell. The Oklahoma line, however, pushed Miami around and A&M is the closest thing to that line they've seen.
A&M Passing Offense

Miami Passing Defense

A&M quarterback Stephen McGee got into the swing of things against ULM with over 200 yards passing for the first time this season, and he will have to do more of that to keep Miami's defense off balance in the Orange Bowl. A&M's receivers were much better at getting open against ULM and the offensive line was much better in pass protection. Miami, however, is far superior than anyone they've seen in pass defense this season.

Miami safety Kenny Phillips leads an elite secondary that has seen six interceptions to six different players through three games this season. They are better than anything A&M has faced, but Oklahoma shredded them for nearly 300 yards and six touchdowns through the air. A&M. however, doesn't have the receivers that OU possesses. Miami should win this battle, but it'll be interesting to see how much A&M gets from watching the OU tape.