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Texas A&M is a 21-point favorite, and the Over/Under is 60 according to OddsShark.com
Both the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies are coming in to this game angry. The Razorbacks were embarrassed against Auburn 34-3. Texas A&M, meanwhile, was on the receiving end of an air raid from Alabama and, mostly QB Tua Tagovailoa, to the tune of a 45-23 road rout.
Arkansas is tied for the most interceptions thrown in FBS with nine. They should have an easier time against Texas A&M’s secondary, which allowed 389 yards through the air last week. I wouldn’t expect Arkansas to run the ball too much against A&M, who ranks 10th nationally against the run.
Ty Storey will probably set his career-high for attempts and completions this game. Expect heavy pressure on the Razorback O-Line, as that’s what the A&M defense is known for. If Arkansas limits their self-inflicted wounds, then they have a chance to sneak one by the Aggies. This is also Rakeem Boyd’s first game playing his former team. Look to see him be the key contributor for the Razorbacks run game. Storey, meanwhile, should be able to bust of the pocket for some runs as well, which will put pressure on the Aggie defense to change it up.
Converting on third downs (3-17 against Auburn) is a must if they want to even compete.
On defense, the Razorbacks’ first priority should be to stop the run. Controlling Trayveon Williams forces A&M to pass the ball, and Kellen Mond to run and put himself out of the pocket.
Kellen Mond will look to continue his great play against SEC competition. Although he had an off game against Alabama (seriously, no quarterback will light them up for 300 yards and 3 TDs), he should be fairly confident. Trayveon Williams needs to get back on track after being limited last week, barely reaching 30 yards rushing.
Jhamon Ausbon and Jace Sternberger could have career days. If Sternbeger catches two touchdowns, he will set the record for touchdowns by a TE in a single season (It’s Week 5). Ausbon could have the best game of his season as well. Look for the high-powered Aggie offense to eclipse 600 yards total.
On defense, expect the secondary to continue to struggle. The front seven should give the Razorbacks hell this week. The Aggies have to take advantage of the poor special teams play of the Razorbacks.
My advice: Take the under on the game this week.
Prediction: A&M wins 38-10 in a display of power.