Can Aggies Pull the Upset in Clemson?
The Texas A&M Aggies and the Clemson Tigers will meet on Saturday when they meet at Memorial Stadium-Clemson. The 12th ranked Aggies haven’t put last years close loss to the Tigers out of their minds. Today’s game could see the first upset of the year. The question is this; Do the Aggies have what it takes? Jimbo Fisher usually has his team up for big games, so we will see.
Oddsmakers opened the Tigers as 15-1/2-point favorites. Clemson now sits as -16-1/2-point favorites versus the Aggies. The game’s total opened at 60 and now sits at 64.
The Aggies rallied from a 14-point deficit last season in the fourth quarter and came within a two-point conversion from sending the game into overtime. They ended up losing 28-26. The defeat fueled No. 1 Clemson’s run to the national championship, as this was one of the few games on the schedule Clemson had a chance to lose.
The Tigers carry a 16-game win streak into Saturday afternoon’s 3:30 pm contest. The streak is one shy of the school’s all-time mark set in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
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Clemson looked as strong as ever, after a sloppy start in a 52-14 opening game victory against Georgia Tech. Clemson tailback Travis Etienne rushed for a career high 205 yards with touchdown runs of 90, 48 and 14 yards.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney likes the makeup of his team. With all the losses from last year in personnel he understands they have to prove themselves on the field. The defense lost seven starters from a year ago. Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond will severely test the new group. They didn’t get tested last week as Georgia Tech had no passing game at all to speak of.
Clemson starting receiver Amari Rodgers has a chance to return to the lineup. That is a minor miracle as it is less than six months after an operation to repair a torn ACL. Swinney said Rodgers progress has been way ahead of schedule and he could see action against Texas A&M. Rodgers is a junior who caught 55 passes last year, second on the team. He hurt himself during spring drills and needed surgery. Originally it seemed like he’d miss most or all of the season. But Rodgers was out warming up with teammates before the win over Georgia Tech on Aug. 29.
Texas A&M May be Up to the Task
Texas A&M’s secondary was considered a weak spot last season when the group finished the season with just seven interceptions. They were feeling confident after grabbing four in the opener against Texas State. Despite their success, the Aggies know things will be much more difficult this week. They are facing Clemson All-American Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence started slow against the Yellow Jackets and had two interceptions, which is half of last years total. He may play with a chip on his shoulder today.
Mond was the star of Texas A&M‘s opener when he threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in three quarters. The Aggies running game also got off to a good start. Jashaun Corbin made his first start since taking over for Trayveon Williams who left for NFL. He had 103 yards rushing with a touchdown reception and a scoring run. The Aggies also got a big game from freshman Isaiah Spiller. He ran for 106 yards to become the fourth freshman in A&M history to run for 100 yards or more in their debut. That was Texas State. Today they face a rugged Clemson defensive line that will be world’s apart from last weeks opponent.
The Dart Throw: Clemson 37, Texas A&M 30
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