Tennessee (5-0, 2-0) at Texas A&M (5-0, 3-0)
When: Saturday, October 8th 2016
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
Time: 3:30 ET | TV: CBS
The Tennessee Volunteers and Texas A&M Aggies will meet for just the third time ever and first as SEC opponents on Saturday in a key conference matchup of top ten teams. Tennessee’s undefeated run has been a bit miraculous as they have had to comeback from double-digit deficits in four of their five games including last week’s win over Georgia. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs launched a 43-yard Hail Mary as time expired right into the hands of Jauan Jennings to complete the comeback and keep Tennessee perfect. The Vols are 5-0 for the first time since 1998 and have won 11 straight dating back to last season. While far from dominant, Tennessee’s defense has forced 10 turnovers – including two or more in three of its five games, but will be without injured linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) and Darrin Kirkland Jr. (ankle). Tennessee is trying to beat a ranked opponent for a third straight game for the first time since 1991.
Texas A&M’s 5-0 start has been a little less stressful with double-digit victories in four of their five games. The Aggies, who are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2004 and will attempt to defeat Tennessee for the first time in three tries. Texas A&M lost to the Vols in the 1957 Gator Bowl and 2005 Cotton Bowl. The Aggies boast the SEC’s most dynamic offense, averaging a league-best 521 total yards per game with quarterback Trevor Knight leading the way. Knight and freshman running back Trayveon Williams lead a rushing attack that averages 258.6 yards and has gained at least 200 in every game this season. The Aggies’ defense has been solid, leading the nation with 50 tackles for losses – 17 more than any other team in the SEC. Defensive end Myles Garrett has accounted for five of those tackles for losses along with three sacks. Texas A&M has allowed only two touchdowns of more than 15 yards while scoring 12 of more than 20.
I think Tennessee’s miracle run comes to an end today in a big way. The Vols could easily have three losses and these miraculous wins are going to catch up to them. Texas A&M is solid on both sides of the ball and should score a bunch of points Saturday.
Pick: Texas A&M -7