TV Schedule: Saturday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., ET, SEC Network
Stadium: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
Line: TA&M (-7)
It’s been a good couple of years for Texas A&M. Ever since they joined the SEC in 2012, they’ve gone 31-11 behind the tutelage of Kevin Sumlin and some explosive quarterbacks (RE: Johnny Manziel and Kenny Hill). Manziel won a Heisman, and Hill broke Manziel’s single-game passing record in his first start with 511 yards.
The Aggies finished last season 8-5 and with a win in the Liberty Bowl over West Virginia. So far this season, they are 4-0 behind sophomore QB Kyle Allen, who averaged 12.79 yards in last week’s win over Arkansas (28-21 in OT).
As a team, the Aggies’ passing offense is averaging 285 yards per game and 3 TDs. They’re holding onto the No. 1 spot in the West Division ahead of their meeting with Mississippi State Saturday.
The Bulldogs are currently fourth in the West Division with a 3-1 record. Their lone loss came against LSU in Week 2 (19-21). But their defense is ranked 24th in points allowed per game (14.8). However, they’re also allowing 349 yards per game which is more than A&M’s passing offense needs to do some damage.
Behind senior QB Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs are only putting up 33 points per game (the Aggies are putting up 41.5). They will need to rely on their defense to stop A&M unless Prescott can put up some bigger numbers at Kyle Field.
In last season’s matchup, the Bulldogs came away with the win (48-31) on the way to an historic season for Mississippi State. For the first time in the team’s history, the Bulldogs secured a number one ranking in the polls. They finished the season 10-3 and had an end-of-season ranking of 11.
State is riding high after last week’s easy win over Auburn (17-9) in what should have been the rematch of the season. The Aggies will be looking to prove themselves after a hard-fought win over a struggling Arkansas team (1-3) and to avenge last season’s loss against the Bulldogs.
Expect a closer game than the Vegas odds predict but for the Aggies to come out on top this year.
Prediction: Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 34