When the Aggies run
Texas A&M has to replace leading rusher Jashaun Corbin, who was lost to a season-ending hamstring injury. True freshman Isaiah Spiller will get the start, but sophomore Jacob Kibodi, sophomore transfer Cordarrian Richardson and redshirt freshman Deneric Prince also need to step up. A bigger concern is A&M’s line, which faltered last week at No. 1 Clemson as the Aggies averaged only 2 yards per run. Lamar senior lineman Daniel Crosley has 10 solo tackles. EDGE: TEXAS A&M
When the Aggies pass
There should be plenty of spectacular catches by A&M, but how many drops will there be? The same goes for quarterback Kellen Mond. How many throws will be off target? Those are the keys after last week’s hiccups. Mond needs a turnover-free game, which would be his first of the season. EDGE: TEXAS A&M
When the Cardinals run
If Clemson had trouble running against A&M, what chance will an FCS team have? A&M’s young linebackers Buddy Johnson and Anthony Hines have looked good, combining for 21 tackles, 14 of them solos. Freshman Demani Richardson and junior college transfer Elijah Blades have been great at run support from their cornerback spots. EDGE: TEXAS A&M
When the Cardinals pass
Lamar senior quarterback Jordan Hoy, the Southland Conference co-newcomer of the year last season, is completing 61.9% of his passes, but he’s never seen the kind of pressure he will face Saturday. Hoy also has rushed for 118 yards and five of the team’s eight touchdowns. A&M will be trying for an interception in the fourth straight game. EDGE: TEXAS A&M
A&M might receive only a kickoff or two, but it will be interesting to see who replaces Corbin on the back line with reliable Roshaud Paul, who also returns punts. Lamar place-kicker Blake Giffen, who played at Rudder, is hopeful he’ll get to show off his powerful leg. EDGE: TEXAS A&M
A&M needs a good game coming off a 24-10 loss at Clemson. Lamar is 2-0 for the first time since 1985, which is great for a program that took a hiatus from 1990-2010. Saturday’s game will be Lamar’s first on the road this season. The Cardinals will get a big paycheck for a big loss and a chance to enjoy the big-time atmosphere. Their big game is the Southland Conference opener next week at Southeastern Louisiana. EDGE: TEXAS A&M
• Protect the ball
The Cardinals have seven turnovers, which ties them with Alabama A&M for last in the FCS at 115th.
• Enjoy paid vacation
The Cardinals open Southland Conference play next week at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, Louisiana, a game that means much more than Saturday’s contest.
• Perform a few tricks
Lamar coach Mike Schultz spent a lot of time working under former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione at Texas State (twice), New Mexico and TCU. Maybe Coach Fran gave Schultz a play or two he never got to call while he coached in Aggieland.
TEXAS A&M MUST
• Pass the test
Quarterback Kellen Mond needs to be on the money, and his receivers need to catch everything in sight.
• Run, run, run
One or two of the running backs need to pick up the slack with Jashuan Corbin out with a season-ending hamstring injury.
• Have a clean sheet
Texas A&M has had turnovers in its first two games, while nine players suffered injuries last week. Zeroes in both categories would make for a perfect Week 3.