THE JALAPEÑO KICK: RG JOSEPH CHEEK

C Mike Matthews (ankle) has been missing, but the touted NFL talent generally is left of RG Joseph Cheek. The devastating left side of Texas A&M’s offensive line includes LT Cedric Ogbuehi and LG Jarvis Harrison. But against Southern Methodist, Cheek acted as a human bulldozer in the run game, plowing giant holes for a plethora of Aggies running backs.

INSIDE AN IGLOO: DEPTH ON DEFENSE

When you think igloo, you think ice. Ice is cold. But igloos retain heat and act as great insulation. Sort of like the Texas A&M defense. The Aggies are loaded with developing players, especially up front, though the numbers still mask the team’s talent. But there are 18 different players with a tackle for loss through four games. Even if Texas A&M gives up a lot of yards — and even points — the rest of this season, the defense will only get better from here.

AN HOUR IN THE FREEZER: THE TEAM’S FIRST QUARTERS

Texas A&M looked lethargic against Lamar and Rice in the first quarter, then looked too amped against Southern Methodist. The penalty-riddled start Saturday also included miscommunications between Kenny Hill and the receivers, leading to the first interception of the quarterback’s career. It was a small blip on the radar against teams outside the SEC, but that won’t work in the SEC West.

POLAR PLUNGE: THE OPPOSITION

Speaking of the opposition, it has smelled worse than a paper mill. Steve Spurrier had a point this week, even though he conveniently forgot that the Aggies blasted his squad on the road. Texas A&M’s last two opponents are a combined 0-6, with Rice falling to new FBS team Old Dominion on Saturday. The Aggies played Lamar before Rice and SMU, and though the Cardinals are 3-1, they’re nowhere near the Top 25 in the FCS polls. That’s not exactly the best way to prepare for the rest of the conference schedule.