Aggies Bring High-Powered Offense to Battle the Crimson Tide
The No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide host the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It is the SEC opener for both teams.
Saturday, September 22 at 3:30 PM ET on CBS
Odds: Alabama is a 26-point favorite. The total is at 62. This line opened at 23.5.
Texas A&M Aggies
Quarterback Kellen Mond ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third to lead Texas A&M to a 48-10 home win against Louisiana Monroe last week. Mond completed 16 of his 24 passes for 210 yards. He was second on the team with 67 rushing yards to help the Aggies improve to 2-1.
Running back Trayveon Williams finished with 128 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Texas A&M compiled 281 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and limited Louisiana Monroe to just 328 yards of total offense.
The Aggies are averaging 311.3 passing yards (25th in the nation) and 285.0 rushing yards (9th).
Texas A&M ranks 21st with 44.3 points per game and 21st with 15.0 points against.
Kellen Mond has passed for 824 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Trayveon Williams has 399 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 59 carries. Jhamon Ausbon has 13 catches for 201 receiving yards.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama is coming off a 62-7 beat-down at Ole Miss. The defense didn’t panic after giving up a 75-yard touchdown pass on the game’s opening play. Instead they turned up the intensity and shut down Ole Miss for the rest of the game.
Tua Tagovailoa completed 11 of 15 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 47 yards on five carries. Jalen Hurts was 7-for-10 for 85 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He added 20 yards on the ground.
Alabama finished with 210 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on 44 carries. Damien Harris led the run game with 62 yards and a touchdown and Jerry Jeudy caught three passes for 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide is averaging 308.0 passing yards (26th in the nation) and 236.7 rushing yards (27th). Alabama ranks 1st with 56.7 points per game and 8th with 9.3 points against.
Tua Tagovailoa has passed for 646 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. Najee Harris has 203 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Jerry Jeudy has 11 catches for 287 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
College Football Trends:
The Texas A&M Aggies are:
4-0 ATS in their last four games overall
20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games in September
4-1 ATS in their last five road games
5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a straight up win
5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win
The Alabama Crimson Tide are:
4-9 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game
1-4 ATS in their last five conference games
1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record
1-4 ATS in their last five games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game
1-5 ATS in their last six games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
Kellen Mond has the ability to make plays and put points on the board. Texas A&M has enough playmakers on the outside to keep this game from being a blowout. Alabama will win but take Texas A&M to cover the spread.
College Football Pick: Texas A&M +26 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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