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SMU offense vs. AM defense

AggieYell.com continues its preview of No. 6 Texas A&M (3-0, 1-0 SEC)'s matchup with SMU (0-2, 0-0 AAC) with a look at the Ponies' offense against the Aggie defense.
SMU offensive starters (spread offense):
QB: Kolney Cassel (RS Fr.; 6'2", 192; 14-29, 154 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
RB: Kevin Pope (Sr.; 5'11", 222; 14 carries, 45 yards)
WR-X: Der'rikk Thompson (Sr.; 5'10", 186; 8 catches for 95 yards)
WR-H: Cedric Lancaster (RS-Fr.; 5'9", 169; 5 catches for 17 yards)
WR-Y: Darius Joseph (Jr.; 6', 190; 3 catches for 18 yards)
WR-Z: Stephen Nelson (Sr.; 6', 186; 5 catches for 60 yards)
LT: Chauncey Briggs, (Soph; 6'5", 300)
LG: Daniel McCarty (Soph.; 6'4", 277)
C: Taylor Lasecki (Jr.; 6'3", 300)
RG: Evan Brown (Fr.; 6'2", 309)
RT: Kris Weeks (Jr.; 6'5", 310)
A&M defensive starters (4-3 base):
RUSH: Daeshon Hall (Soph.; 6'6", 260; 11 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 3 QB hurries)
DT: Alonzo Williams (Jr.; 6'4", 300; 10 tackles, 1 TFL)
NT: Hardreck Walker (Soph.; 6'2", 300; 12 tackles, .5 TFL, 1 pass broken up)
DE: Julien Obioha (Jr.; 6'4", 265; 7 tackles, 1.5 TFL)
SAM: Donnie Baggs (Sr.; 6'1", 230; 9 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack)
MIKE: Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Soph.; 6'3", 244; 9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QB hurry)
WILL: Justin Bass (RS Sr.; 6'2", 231; 15 tackles, 1 pass broken up)
CB: Deshazor Everett (Sr.; 6', 193; 9 tackles, 2 passes broken up, 1 INT)
BS: Howard Matthews (Sr.; 6'2", 210; 24 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 passes broken up, 1 QB hurry)
FS: Armani Watts (Fr.; 5'11", 190; 15 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 passes broken up, 1 INT)
CB: Victor Davis (RS Fr.; 6', 191; 9 tackles, 1 pass broken up)
SMU offensive stats:
Scoring offense: 6 points (125th in FBS)
Rushing offense: -7 YPG (125th in FBS)
Passing offense: 178.5 YPG (105th in FBS)
Total offense: 171.5 YPG (125th in FBS)
First downs: 24 (125th in FBS)
Sacks allowed: 13 (125th in FBS)
Turnover +/-: -3 (5 turnovers, 2 takeaways; 125th in FBS)
A&M defensive stats:
Scoring defense: 13.7 PPG (13th in FBS)
Rushing defense: 132.3 YPG (54th in FBS)
Passing defense: 253.3 YPG (83rd in FBS)
Total defense: 385.7 YPG (67th in FBS)
First downs allowed: 66 (T-94th in FBS)
Sacks: 9 (21st in FBS)
Turnover +/-: -1 (4 turnovers, 3 takeaways; T-74th in FBS)
What SMU wants to do:
Something -- anything -- positive. The offense has been utterly inept through two games against Baylor and North Texas, scoring just once in garbage time. Cassel is their third quarterback of the year and is making his first career start, and it would be nice to be able to take some pressure off of him by running the ball -- but nobody's been worse than doing that than SMU. The Aggies are probably going to stack the box to keep that an issue, meaning Cassel's going to have to throw a lot. The offensive line is going to have to play a lot better if Cassel's going to be able to throw, as they've been a sieve so far. Establishing a couple of decent drives and putting some points on the board would be a step in the right direction.
What A&M wants to do:
Win first down and turn the speed loose in the pass rush. SMU is ranked 125th both in the running game and in sacks allowed, and they can't get the ball down the field in the passing game. If the Aggies can stuff the run or force short passes on first down, the SMU will find themselves in trouble. The Ponies haven't faced a pass rush tandem like Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall, and two weeks of practice and the addition of former Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis may not be enough to help a front that is inexperienced and just not very good.