Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1) at Mississippi (5-2, 2-1)
When: Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Time: 7:00 ET | TV: ESPN
Texas A&M and Ole Miss will do battle tonight as both try to keep pace with LSU and Alabama in the SEC West race. The Aggies saw their perfect 5-0 record blow up last week as Alabama came to town and returned three Kyle Allen interceptions for touchdowns in a 41-23 Tide win. Freshman Kyler Murray came in for Allen late, but also threw a pick. Allen still has great numbers on the year with a 61.5% completion rate, 14 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. The Aggies will need to run the table to set up a showdown at LSU to end the season, but they’ll still need Alabama to lose one more game. Texas A&M is averaging 36.5 points a game which is good for 27th best in FBS. Their secondary will get tested tonight, but they should be up for the task as they rank 24th in the nation against the pass. The Aggies own a 6-1 lead in the all-time series, with the lone setback coming last season when Ole Miss won 35-20 in College Station.
Ole Miss suffered an upset loss last week at upstart Memphis, but fortunately it wasn’t a conference game. The Rebels are still 2-1 in the SEC with a loss coming to Florida out of the East and a win over Alabama. They too will have a late season showdown with LSU that could go a long way in determining the SEC West champion. First things first, though as Ole Miss needs to rebound after last week’s loss and shore up the secondary. They were scorched for 384 passing yards by Memphis. Ole Miss could be without its biggest weapon in defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, who suffered a concussion while playing offense last week. Nkemdiche joins a long list of injured Rebel defenders that also includes key defensive back Trae Elston. There are no problems on offense as the Rebels rank 9th in the nation in passing offense and 7th in points scored with 43.6 a game and that includes only scoring 10 against Florida. Quarterback Chad Kelly already has 2,234 passing yards to go along with his SEC best 16 touchdowns.
I’m expecting a lot of offense tonight. Allen will rebound from the Alabama game and have success against Ole Miss. Kelly will continue to pick apart defenses. I’ll take the over with a small play on Texas A&M +5.
Pick: Over 62