Texas A&M led the country in yards per rush, .11 yards more than Oregon. Adjusting for competition, that gap grows to .78 yards per rush. Utah State had more explosive plays per rush than A&M, but adjusted for competition, there is a significant gap between the Aggies and everyone else (Florida, LSU and Alabama were among the best in the business at preventing big plays). The passing offense was also top 10 overall, by explosive plays, and by completion percentage after adjusting for competition. Manziel and crew were one of two teams to convert more than 50% of third downs.
And the scary part is that the Aggie offense didn't peak until the end of the season. A&M had 5 of the 8 best offensive performances by opponent-adjusted EP3 (the best available metric for a team's overall offensive performance) for the season in their last 5 games against FBS opponents. Let me put that another way. There were 732 games between FBS teams in the 2012 season. Five of the 8 best offensive performances in those 732 games came from Texas A&M, and all of those five came after October 26. The one weak link was the kicking game, which was really bad.
The defense was solid and half of what you'd really like to see paired with an uptempo offense. The Aggies were solid on 3rd downs and didn't allow a ton of explosive plays, but only against Alabama could they force a turnover. The A&M offense was deadly off turnovers and quick three-and-outs.
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