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LSU safety Marcel Brooks (9) celebrates a sack during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Texas A&M has taken quite the tour through the best of college football this season, playing its third No. 1 team Saturday in a 50-7 loss at LSU. Of Clemson, Alabama and LSU, there is no doubt that LSU is the cream of the crop when it comes to teams the Aggies have faced in 2019, a fact made even more evident by A&M’s inept play in Baton Rouge.

Here are three quick takes from A&M’s disappointing regular season finale:

• Bad match

A&M has struggled mightily this season with two position groups: offensive line and defensive secondary. LSU exploited both Saturday. The Aggie defense front was able to get pressure on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, but A&M’s defensive backs folded on plays extended by Burrow’s legs. Offensively, A&M’s offensive line gave Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond no time to work and provided little running room for running back Isaiah Spiller.

• Burrow hype real

A&M has faced its fair share of Heisman Trophy favorites this season, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Burrow proved he is head and shoulders above that field. On Senior Night at Tiger Stadium, the Ohio State transfer set a new Southeastern Conference single-season passing yards record, finishing with 352 yards to reach 4,366 for the season. Kentucky’s Tim Couch set the previous record of 4,275 in 1998. Burrow completed 23 of 32 passes and threw three touchdown passes. Beyond four sacks, A&M had no answer for Burrow’s talent.

• Improvement?

Debates could rage into the offseason about A&M’s improvement in Jimbo Fisher’s second year in Aggieland. One thing is for certain: The Aggies will finish with less victories than their nine in Fisher’s first year, and their best possible record is a far too familiar 8-5.

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Gary Drost

Considering they played the toughest schedule of any Power 5 team, 8-5 would be a positive end that Fisher will take any day. A&M was missing key players on offense in Corbin and Cupp (potentially). Several freshmen played respectably and got great experience for next year. I wish Calzada and Foster had been among them. I predict one of them will enter the transfer portal. With the verbal commitments for 2020, the prospects are bright, mostly because more of Sumlin's guys will be gone. Fisher needs to sign a 5-star dual threat QB, or they won't be able to compete with the elite teams. Every loss this year was to a 5-star QB.

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