Jesse Palmer admitted that Max Johnson didn’t light up the box score against Miami, but the new starting quarterback at Texas A&M did the kinds of things the Aggies needed. He got the ball to playmakers, made plays with his legs at times and, most importantly, did not turn the ball over.

“This offense should get a little bit more confidence back, they needed it obviously,” Palmer said on ESPN’s “College Football Final.” “I think Max Johnson just helps get them into a rhythm, something they didn’t have in the first 2 games of the year.”

Palmer said with the way the Texas A&M defense is playing, if Johnson can avoid turnovers, the Aggies will have a chance in every game this season.

Fellow analyst Joey Galloway said the Appalachian State loss was not a major problem because it would not keep the Aggies from their goals this season, particularly in the SEC. The blueprint Texas A&M used to beat Miami would do well against upcoming opponents Arkansas, Mississippi State and Alabama.

“We’re going to find out about this Texas A&M team, but the first step about that is getting a win against this Miami team and they did that,” Galloway said.

Host Matt Barrie doubled down on his comment from last week about the Aggies being “dead” and still doubted that they can win out.