Texas A&M Vs. Lousiana Tech Preview: In This Case, Better Late Than Early

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The delay in the Aggies' would-be season opener gives us time to appreciate how good a game this really is. But will it change the projected outcome?

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPNU

In a way, we're lucky that this game got rescheduled. You certainly wish it could be under different circumstances -- Hurricane Isaac was bearing down on the immediate environs when the game was delayed -- but it gives us some valuable perspective heading into this game.

The most obvious piece of new information is that Louisiana Tech is a very good football team. After a close brush with Houston, the Bulldogs have pretty easily dispatched most of their midmajor brethren. And while the win at Virginia was a little bit closer than you might like, the win at Illinois was as easy as it should have been. If the Aggies hoped to get an easy victory by scheduling this game, they thought wrong.

On the other hand, Texas A&M is no slouch. The Aggies have adjusted well to their new home in the SEC, winning four of their first five games this season and watching Johnny Manziel emerge as one of the league's surprise stars. TAMU's offense is the most prolific in the SEC, and its defense is doing just well enough to set them up with winnable games. The delay makes the margin more understandable; A&M still get its win.

Texas A&M 43, Louisiana Tech 40

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