Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
How to watch online: CBSports.com
Odds: Texas A&M opened as 6.5-point favorites. The line bumped up to 7 points later in the week. Info comes to you from OddsShark.
A pair of unbeatens will collide in College Station on Saturday afternoon as Texas A&M hosts Tennessee in the CBS game of the week. The Aggies and Volunteers have gone unscathed up to this point, but as the old adage goes, “Something’s gotta give,” and one team will be walking away with a loss no matter what goes down on Saturday afternoon in The Lone Star State.
Here are three things to watch for:
1. Will Trayveon Williams’ successes continue?: The freshman standout for the Aggies has been sensational thus far and will have himself another opportunity to succeed again on Saturday afternoon. The Volunteers defense is giving up 149 rushing yards per game so far and Williams, who’s averaging around 9.0 yards per carry this season, is champing at the bit to get it going again. At home, he has picked up 262 of his 487 yards on the season and found the end zone two times. We’ll see if he can keep it moving against the Vols on Saturday.
2. Can the Vols put together a complete game?: Tennessee continues to manufacture dramatics after a second-half comeback over Florida and last week’s Hail Mary against Georgia. Whether or not they’ll need luck is irrelevant, but what they’ll need to try and maintain is a complete game effort. The Vols have struggled in the first half of games this season and while being a ‘second half team’ has gotten them to where they’re at now, it can only get you so far. The Vols will need to bring their A-game going into a tough road environment on Saturday, and it will start with getting off to a hot start and maintaining it all the way through.
3. How will the Vols fare without Jalen Hurd?: The Vols’ star running back will be absent from this game as he’s dealing with an injury and as a result did not make the trip. As a result, Tennessee will likely turn to redshirt junior Alvin Kamara who certainly has plenty of experience to his credit. The Aggies defense is allowing 134.8 yards per game on the ground this year despite a pretty stout front seven, so opportunities may arise for Kamara to get it going.