A middle of the road squad looking to climb in the win column, the Aggies may run into hostile territory in Starkville.
While the Aggies do bring experience, their offensive personnel has shown inconsistencies and can be vulnerable against a stout defense like the Bulldogs. The Aggies boast a three-headed monster in quarterback Kellen Mond, running back Isaiah Spiller, and wideout Jhamon Ausbon, as all three, when on point, can be lethal weapons. But, edge rusher Marquiss Spencer, linebacker Erroll Thompson, and safety C.J. Morgan will have a counterpunch and likely hold the Aggies offensive attack in check.
Mond, a wildcard, had a decent 2019. He threw for 1,375 and eight touchdowns. But he also threw six picks. If the Bulldogs can get to Mond, set the edge, and keep him in the pocket, expect him to have a long day at Davis Wade.
In 13 games, Spiller rushed for 946 yards and ten touchdowns. He stands at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds. Spiller is a swiss army knife, his skillset including a combination of power and finesse. He can also be a productive receiver and should be just that going against the Bulldogs front seven.
Perhaps the most dangerous of the Aggies offensive weapons is Ausbon. Fresh off 2019 that included 872 yards and five touchdowns off 66 receptions, Ausbon should show no signs of slowing down in 2020. But will it be enough against Morgan and the Bulldogs defensive backfield? That all depends on Spencer and Thompson getting to Mond. If able, Ausbon will be taken out of the game early.
Defensively, the Aggies are sure to have trouble against a Mike Leach led offensive, including stars K.J. Costello, Kylin Hill, and Osirus Mitchell. Mitchell will have to come up big, as the Aggies defensive backfield is potent. Myles Jones and Elijah Blades are sure to cause problems. But safety Demani Richardson will be most feared. Though he is a monster in the open field, Mitchell’s height and speed will be too much for the Aggies secondary.
The matchup should even out to be a great one but expect the Bulldogs to handle the Aggies when all is said and done.