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I voted Texas A&M 15th in my Associated Press Top 25 poll this week. The Aggies are among about 16 teams from eighth to 24th that have little separation. I have Florida eighth on the strength of victories over Miami and Kentucky, but the Aggies might be better than the Gators. Could Florida stay within 14 points of Clemson? I doubt it. 

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• Texas A&M held Lamar to 1 for 16 on third-down conversions, including 0 for 9 in the second half, the Aggies’ best effort of the 21st century. Their previous best over that span came against McNeese State on Sept. 1, 2001, when A&M held the Cowboys to 1 for 14 on third down.

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Kellen Mond had 347 total yards with touchdowns passing and running to lead 16th-ranked Texas A&M to a 62-3 thumping of the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday night at Kyle Field before 97,195 in attendance.

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The 16th-ranked Texas A&M football team took care of business on the scoreboard Saturday with a 62-3 win over the Southland Conference’s Lamar, but the scoreboard wasn’t necessarily indicative of the Aggies’ performance. Here are three takeaways from the night at Kyle Field:

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A lot has changed for Texas A&M wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon since head coach Jimbo Fisher took over the reigns in Aggieland. Now as a junior, Ausbon has stepped into a leadership role among the receiving corps after tallying 946 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons. This year, he’s learned to improve his suit game as well as continuing to post numbers, including 144 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Aggies’ first two games.

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Poor Lamar. Texas A&M will be on a mission Saturday, and the Cardinals will take the brunt of it. The Aggie offense will want to get the running game going, while also taking shots down field after quarterback Kellen Mond’s slow start and seven dropped passes by the receivers last week. If A&M’s defense plays as well as it has so far this season, things will get one-sided rather quickly.

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Texas A&M produced its longest drive by plays and time in the Jimbo Fisher era, taking 7 minutes, 33 seconds over 16 plays capped by Seth Small's 43-yard field goal with 14:18 left in the second quarter. 

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Clemson has been on the mind of some of Texas A&M’s players since they watched the Tigers blast Alabama in the national title game. The Aggies were one play from beating the Tigers last season, but they weren’t a play away from winning the national title or even the Southeastern Conference. A&M wants to reach the point where it’s a contender to make the College Football Playoff annually. Saturday’s game will be a good barometer for the Aggies, one of many this season and probably the toughest.

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Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher has told his team to block out the chatter surrounding Saturday’s game at top-ranked Clemson and focus on the task at hand, treating the Tigers as just another faceless opponent.

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