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Alamo Bowl Team Comparison

Obviously A&M is a good running team. They have three options to go to with Lane, Goodson, and McGee. They're basically a slower version of Illinois with Stephen McGee playing the part of a poor man's Juice Williams. The front seven for Penn State should be able to contain them well forcing the Aggies to go to the air. Though Penn State struggled in pass defense late in the year, this Aggie team doesn't have a James Hardy or Devin Thomas. We should contain their offense just fine.

When Penn State is on offense it appears they should have success. A&M ranked #104 in pass defense. And the rush defense is meh coming in at #57.

Special teams is my concern. The Aggies can hang right with us in the punting game, though they don't return as well. Look for a lot of fair catches in this game. But what bugs me is our kickoff coverage. Our kickoff coverage hasn't been so great this year. Ok, it sucks. And the Aggies kick return game is better than suck. Ok, they're pretty good. But there is hope since Brian Norwood used to coach the kickoff coverage team and he's gone. Kermit Buggs has assumed that role now so maybe he can turn things around. Let's hope he can do it in about 10 practices.

Team Comparison
Statistical Category Texas A&M NCAA Rank Penn State NCAA Rank Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 216 13 187 32
Passing Offense (ypg) 187 98 212 70
Pass Efficiency Offense 120.5 79 124.9 66
Total Offense (ypg) 403 54 399 56
Scoring Offense (ppg) 28.8 53 30.8 44
Rushing Defense (ypg) 152 57 88 6
Passing Defense (ypg) 264 104 219 46
Pass Efficiency Defense 141.8 100 119.1 44
Total Defense (ypg) 416 83 307 9
Scoring Defense (ppg) 26.1 55 17.6 8
Net Punting (yards) 38.1 10 39.2 6
Punt Returns (yards) 5.9 103 10.8 34
Kickoff Returns (yards) 23.5 21 21.4 62
Turnover Margin 0.67 20 0.08 47
Sacks Per Game 1.5 96 3.8 2
Tackles for Loss 5.7 81 8.0 10
Sacks Allowed Per Game 1.3 7 1.7 41