Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Odds: Texas A&M was favored by 11 points when the line came out. The line has since decreased as it’s down to as low as 9.5 points in some locations. (via OddsShark)
With both starting quarterbacks out, the Aggies and Rebels backups will step up and take charge.
So, who has the better backup?
Ole Miss will be starting redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin, who took charge in the third quarter of last Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern when Chad Kelly was taken out with college career-ending injury, a torn ACL and lateral meniscus. Pellerin threw for 19 yards and rushed for 29 yards. The backup QB has been used mostly in short yardage running situations. Pellerin has thrown for 53 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions In 13 attempts.He has also rushed for 96 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 carries.
Even though he hasn't really been relied on as “quarterback”, Pellerin has the potential to become a true and good one. He has an ability to run when needed. However, Akeem Judd will have to step up a bit more which he can as Texas A&M’s defense is not all too great, allowing an average of approximately 200 yards on the ground.
Texas A&M has a more seasoned QB in Jake Hubenak. Trevor Knight will possibly return a bowl game between late December and early January due to a shoulder injury he suffered last week, diving into the end zone on a touchdown run. In his career, Hubenak has played in eight games with 749 yards through the air, six touchdowns and two interceptions. He also started in the Motor City Bowl game against Louisville, where the Aggies lost 27-21.
The Aggies may worry less being that they have an experience QB. He may not be a runner but I think Hubenak can get the job done and bring home the win.
Prediction: Texas A&M will win the battle of the backups, 21-13, to continue to finish the season out strong.