Idaho-Texas A&M Preview
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The ninth-ranked Aggies return to action after a week off when they host Idaho at Kyle Field on Saturday night.
Texas A&M officially announced during its bye week its intentions to join the SEC, but that move is currently in limbo. In-state rival Baylor has threatened to file a lawsuit if Texas A&M leaves the Big 12.
While that drama developed, the Aggies (1-0) were enjoying a week off following a 46-14 victory over SMU, one of the schools lobbying to replace them in the Big 12.
Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 26 passes and threw for a pair of touchdowns in that victory. Ryan Swope caught eight passes for 109 yards and a TD, and Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael each ran for a pair of scores.
Gray became the school's all-time leader in all-purpose yards while rushing for at least 100 for the eighth straight game. Adding to that streak would put the senior among the top 10 rushers in school history.
Though their performance in the opener was impressive, the Aggies are planning to add to their offensive scheme. Coach Mike Sherman said with a week off coming so early, he used the SMU game as an extension of the preseason.
"Knowing we had this bye week gave us an opportunity to add elements to our scheme. I think our players embraced that," Sherman said. "It allowed me to focus on some core stuff for the first ballgame and then install some different concepts for the second week."
That might prove a little unsettling for the Vandals (1-1), who gave up 478 yards in a 32-15, season-opening loss to Bowling Green on Sept. 1. They rebounded to allow 197 in last week's 44-14 rout of North Dakota, and their offense had a similar turnaround.
Idaho gained 280 total yards in its opening defeat but Brian Reader topped that by himself last Saturday.
The junior quarterback threw for 299 yards and a career-best four touchdowns while completing 27 of 39 passes. He was 19 of 43 against Bowling Green.
"We just came out like a train with no brakes," said freshman receiver Mike Scott, who had 99 of his team's 424 total yards.
Aggies senior defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie appears poised to slow that train after recording three of his team's eight sacks in the opener. He became the first Texas A&M player with three sacks in a game since 2009, when former high school teammate Von Miller - the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NFL draft - did it.
Texas A&M also posted its fourth second-half shutout in 14 games under defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
"The thing that impressed me most about the defense wasn't even the sacks. It was the ability to go in at halftime, talk about it, get things fixed, settle down and play a very good second half," Sherman said.
This is the first game between Texas A&M and Idaho, but the Vandals are playing a top-10 team for the fifth consecutive season.
They lost to a pair of top-10 opponents last season, 38-17 at then-No. 6 Nebraska and 52-14 to then-No. 4 Boise State.