No. 5 Texas A&M (5-1) at Tennessee (2-4)
This is only the fourth meeting between the Aggies and Volunteers as Tennessee holds a 2-1 lead in the series. The Volunteers won their two games in bowl games while the Aggies took a 45-38 win in 2016 in College Station.
Texas A&M has won four in a row since losing to Alabama, 52-24, in the second game of the season. The Aggies offense has hit another cylinder in going over 40 points in three of those wins while averaging 39.8 points per game in the winning streak. Tennessee is trending in the other direction as the Volunteers have lost four in a row with an offense that shows little consistency.
Vs. The Spread
The Aggies are 3-3 vs. the spread and an identical 3-3 on the over-under. A&M is also 4-0 as a favorite, but 1-3 on the over-under when favored on the line. Tennessee checks in at 1-5 against the spread as the Volunteers only covered the line (-10) in a 35-12 win over Missouri in the second game of the season. Betting the under is the trend with Tennessee as they have failed to clear the total in four out of six games.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Texas A&M||-13 (-110)||—||O —|
|Tennessee||+13 (-110)||—||U —|
The Aggies went into South Carolina and destroyed the Gamecocks, 48-3, as quarterback Kellen Mond completed 16-of-26 passes for 224 yards and four passing touchdowns while rushing for another. Isaiah Spiller piled up 131 yards on 18 carries as he has gone over 100 yards in three of his last four games.
The Vols led Arkansas 13-0 at halftime, but the Razorbacks scored on their first four possessions of the second half to beat Tennessee, 24-13. The struggling Vols offense went three-and-out on four of the first five possession in the second half. Freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey, who came on for the injured Jarrett Guarantano, was picked off on the last two possessions of the game.
Mond is having a stellar senior campaign with 16 touchdown passes against only 2 interceptions as he has completed 64.3 percent of his passes. Mond’s had four touchdown passes against South Carolina which allowed him to become the Aggies all-time leader in that category. The Aggies’ veteran offensive line has now gone five games and 168 pass plays without allowing a quarterback sack.
Peel The Orange
With the Volunteers quarterback situation in its current flux, running back Eric Gray is going to be the key against an Aggies run defense that leads the SEC in giving up only 95.7 yards rushing per game. Gray had 123 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown in the loss to Arkansas. Tennessee’s offense only yields 318 yards per game, 107th in FBS. The big problem vs. the high-powered Aggies offense is their red zone defense where opponents have converted scores on 22 of 25 trips.
Winner: Texas A&M (-13) 41, Tennessee 17
Over-under: Take Over 53