Uninspired: 5 observations from Texas A&M’s 20-3 win over UMass

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sam Craft/AP/Shutterstock (13630542f) Texas A&M quarterback Conner Weigman (15) looks to pass down field against Massachusetts during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in College Station, Texas UMass Texas A M Football, College Station, United States – 19 Nov 2022

Uninspired: 5 observations from Texas A&M’s 20-3 win over UMass

The Texas A&M Aggies finally ended their six-game losing streak with a victory in the rain over UMass. Here are five thoughts on the A&M win:

More of the same from Jimbo’s offense: Stale. Dated. Boring!

Texas A&M’s 2022 season has been the most disappointing and unexpected in all of college football. Starting the year as a top-five team with playoff expectations, the now 4-7 Aggies have struggled mightily, and it all starts with a lackluster offense.

It was more of the same on a rainy Saturday afternoon in College Station as Jimbo Fisher’s offense managed only 398 yards against Massachusetts (191 yards passing/207 yards rushing).

A&M entered the matchup with UMass as 33-point favorites, even though Fisher’s offense had scored 30+ points on only one occasion this season (vs. Sam Houston). The Aggies were without their top playmaker in RB Devon Achane, and it showed as the maroon and white were unable to get anything positive going on the ground versus the Minutemen.

Moose returns: Texas A&M’s second-leading receiver this year, Moose Muhammad, missed all of last week’s game against Auburn despite being completely healthy. Reports said that Moose was benched for wearing sleeves under his jersey, something which head coach Jimbo Fisher is apparently not a fan of.

The Ags could have used Moose’s services versus Auburn, but the sophomore receiver picked right back up where he left off, leading all Aggie receivers on Saturday with 75 yards on three receptions.

As freshman quarterback Conner Weigman continues his development, Moose will be a key element in the young quarterback’s growth.

Turnovers Galore: The weather conditions were less than ideal for Texas A&M’s Saturday afternoon appointment with the UMass Minutemen. Most of the game at Kyle Field was played in cold and very wet conditions. That’s no excuse for the number of times A&M put the football on the ground.

Ultimately, the Aggies were lucky to only have three turnovers. A more capable opponent undoubtedly would have capitalized on the plethora of A&M mistakes.

Time to use the legs: A&M five-star freshman quarterback Conner Weigman is not considered a “dual threat,” but he was on Saturday against UMass.

Weigman rushed for 66 yards on eight attempts, including a career-high run for 29 yards. The 12th Man and Aggies everywhere should watch for the freshman QB to grow this area of his game as he continues his time in Aggieland.

A warm seat for Jimbo Fisher: His seat may not be hot, but there’s some warmth to the seat of Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. Just this week, former NBA star Charles Barkley suggested that the A&M program had plans to fire Jimbo and bring in (wait for it) … Current Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders to replace Jimbo.

I wouldn’t say the above rumor is likely in the least bit, but.. the fact remains; Jimbo Fisher is captain of a Texas A&M football ship that is wrapping up one of the most disappointing seasons in the history of A&M football.

Jimbo won’t be departing College Station anytime soon, but massive changes are needed to the Aggies coaching staff if they hope to become relevant again in 2023.

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