Ole Miss (5-0) @ Texas A&M (5-1)
Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
2am Irish Time (Saturday night) Oct 12th (ESPN)
Cracking the top five in the ranking for the first time this season was a huge step for the #3 ranked Ole Miss Rebels in their quest for a national title — one that would be their first since 1962. It hasn’t been an easy road into the top five, however, as they had to defeat Alabama at home to get there. Being exposed in college football is one of the most devastating events to happen to a team in any given season — that’s exactly what happened to the Texas A&M Aggies against Mississippi State last week. However, the Aggies are still a dangerous team that is hoping to make the rest of the conference pay for what happened in week six.
Ole Miss is led by a veteran quarterback that goes by the name of Bo Wallace. The senior gunslinger has been reliable this season and has many top weapons to spread the ball around to, which never hurts. Wallace has passed for 1,522 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions for the 22nd-ranked passing offense in the nation while completing nearly 69 percent of his passes. As expected, Laquon Treadwell has been his favorite receiver as the two have connected 25 times for 362 yards and four touchdowns. Both Cody Core and Vince Sanders have 20 catches this season for 315 yards with four touchdowns and 302 yards and three scores, respectively. Evan Engram has added 17 catches for 246 yards of his own — no receiving scores yet. The run offense ranks just 87th in the nation, however, behind Jaylen Walton‘s 238 yards and three touchdowns.
With one of the best young quarterbacks in the entire nation, Texas A&M ranks fifth in the country in passing yards per game and third in points per game. Sophomore Kenny Hill has been that quarterback for the Aggies just one season after Johnny Manziel went on to the next level. Hill has been great, passing for 2,110 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with five interceptions with a completion rate of 64 percent; he has also rushed for 171 yards. Malcome Kennedy has been the top receiver in terms of receptions, 33, while racking up 378 yards and two scores. Josh Reynolds has been the top overall target with 4o2 yards and seven touchdowns on 23 catches this year. Edward Pope and Ricky Seals-Jones have also been solid, accounting for four touchdowns on 18 catches for 369 yards and three touchdowns on 30 catches for 293 yards, respectively. Trey Williams and Tra Carson lead the 47th-ranked run offense with 531 yards and eight touchdowns combined.
Defensively, the Aggies have been improved in a few major categories this season, including points allowed per game. Texas A&M ranks 29th in the country in points allowed, but ranks near the bottom on the nation still in yards allowed per game with 407 per contest — a pretty even allowance of rush and pass yards per game. On the other hand, Ole Miss has been much better on this side of the ball, ranking second in the nation in points allowed while also ranking sixth in total yards allowed with just about 278 per game. The crowd at Kyle Field will be rowdy for this Top 25 matchup.
PREDICTION: Ole Miss 27, Texas A&M 34