Considering how much the A&M defense got pushed around by the Cajuns, Watts and company are going to have to keep coming up with timely takeaways to stay competitive this season.
Most members of the current Cajun team weren't born yet, but this year's Louisiana-Lafayette team that travels to face the Aggies on Saturday have read about or been told about what happened at Cajun Field on this day 21 years ago when the goal posts came down - something that hasn't happened since. If ULL can limit big plays and maybe get a gift turnover or two, it will have a chance, though the Aggies haven't turned the ball over this year.
Texas A&M melted down in its season opener at UCLA by blowing a 34-point lead late in the third quarter en route to a 45-44 loss. But the Aggies struggled in between.
"He's comfortable there", Sumlin said. Sumlin said it will take time to see if the coordinator's new location is helping the Aggies. "If they had done that, run it right at us, we could not have stopped them".
"I thought it was easier to make in-game adjustments and look your players in the eyes", Smart said.
The starting tackles likely will be Keaton Sutherland and Koda Martin, with Connor Lanfear, Ryan McCollum and perhaps Prater taking turns at guard. "He said all week that we were going to beat them. We could tell they were panicking a little and weren't happy with some things we were doing". During this week's SEC teleconference, Smart noted Dom Capers, one of the most renowned defensive coordinators in the National Football League, enjoys the press box because the calm inside helps him make better decisions.
Saturday's game can't be a third straight roller-coaster ride for A&M. "I think both guys. need to be developed and continue to develop and the only way to do that is practice them both and play them both", he said.
Regardless of who's playing quarterback or along the line, the Aggies will lean heavily on their running game, with sophomore Kendall Bussey perhaps earning a majority of the carries with the one-two punch of Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford dinged up from the Nicholls game.
The Ragin' Cajuns are 1-63 all-time against teams that are now in the SEC.