The Texas A&M Aggies started slow Saturday — a little too slow for some fans — but pulled it together in a big way in the second half to handle Louisiana-Lafayette, 45-31. Texas A&M scored the game’s final 31 points after trailing 21-14 at halftime.
“We just talked about that in the locker room. We were like two different teams,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said on Saturday. “Coming into this week was about three things. It was about effort, which we’ve been getting. I think our guys have been playing very hard all three weeks. It really was about communication, which we’re improving as a team with in being able to play as many people as we’ve played. Getting us on and off the field and that communication, elimination of penalties, things like that which I think we had three [Saturday].
“And then the last thing is execution, which is a work in progress. The first half we did not execute, we did play hard, we did communicate. As I said before as we started the week, two of those three will win you some games. Three of three will usually win every game.”
After a disastrous loss in Week 1 to UCLA and struggling in Week 2 against Nicholls, the Aggies are 2-1 and moved up to No. 12 in the latest SEC Country Power Poll. The 29 voters bumped up the Aggies one spot from last week.
Alabama received all 29 first-place votes and is No. 1, followed by Georgia and Mississippi State, which vaulted from No. 8 to No. 3 after dismantling LSU 37-7. Auburn and Florida round out the top 5.
Texas A&M moved ahead of Ole Miss, which lost late Saturday to Cal on the road. Missouri, which was trounced by Purdue at home, is last in the latest SEC Country Power Poll.
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Your Week 3 Power Poll rankings
Results are below:
|1||Alabama (3 – 0)||377||29||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (3 – 0)||330||0||3||2||5|
|3||Mississippi State (3 – 0)||318||0||8||2||7|
|4||Auburn (2 – 1)||275||0||4||2||8|
|5||Florida (1 – 1)||251||0||7||2||8|
|6||Vanderbilt (3 – 0)||216||0||11||4||11|
|7||LSU (2 – 1)||207||0||2||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (3 – 0)||201||0||10||5||10|
|9||Tennessee (2 – 1)||138||0||6||5||13|
|10||South Carolina (2 – 1)||104||0||5||9||13|
|11||Arkansas (1 – 1)||87||0||9||7||13|
|12||Texas A&M (2 – 1)||71||0||13||8||14|
|13||Ole Miss (2 – 1)||58||0||12||7||13|
|14||Missouri (1 – 2)||6||0||14||10||14|
This week’s voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)
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