Game Time: Noon ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Odds: The Aggies opened as 28-point favorites. The line was docked down to 27.5 points. Info comes via OddsShark.
- 5-5 record; 4-3 in CUSA play
- Ranked 104th in S&P+
- Ranked 86th in S&P+ Offense; Ranked 100th in S&P+ Defense
- Top Performers: QB Dalton Sturm; DE Marcus Davenport
- 7-3 record; 4-3 in SEC play
- Ranked 21st in S&P+
- Ranked 27th in S&P+ Offense; Ranked 34th in S&P+ Defense
- Top Performers: WR Christian Kirk; EDGE Myles Garrett
Deja vu all over again in College Station?
Texas A&M began the year at 7-1 with the lone loss coming to the Alabama Crimson Tide. There’s certainly no shame in losing to the top team in the land, but since taking that defeat, things have kind of unraveled a bit for the Aggies.
Following a 52-10 win over NMSU, the Ags went 0-for-2 against the schools of the Mississippi with a ghastly loss to lowly Mississippi State that was followed up by a shocking loss to Ole Miss, who manufactured a comeback victory behind the arm of former redshirt QB Shea Patterson.
Needless to say the pressure seems to be ramping up at the worst possible time for Kevin Sumlin. His team is pretty banged up, especially under center as Trevor Knight is out for the remainder of the regular season. Context is important of course as this collapse doesn’t seem to be reminiscent of ones of the past few years, but it’s certainly pretty suboptimal.
With that in mind, the Aggies will host UTSA this weekend in a pretty winnable game. The Roadrunners did win four of five prior to their loss last week to Louisiana Tech, but considering that they are a four touchdown underdog, it’s expected that the Aggies will handle their business.
UTSA doesn’t have much going for them defensively as they rank 80th in Passing S&P+ and 66th in Rushing S&P+ on the defensive side of the ball. Aggies receivers Josh Reynolds, Christian Kirk and others should find it easy to make plays provided that QB Jake Hubenak can get them the ball. Hubenak has been solid under center so far, completing 60 percent of the 65 pass attempts he’s had this season. Considering the Roadrunners defense, Hubenak should have a good day on Saturday afternoon in College Station.