No. 23 Texas A&M will square off with No. 10 Arkansas in a key SEC West rivalry that will go a long way in determining which team can challenge Alabama for the division crown. The Aggies are coming off a 17-9 win over then-No. 13 Miami in which its secondary held future NFL Draft pick Tyler Van Dyke in check for the majority of the game. The Razorbacks skated by Missouri State and former coach Bobby Petrino after a 10-point, fourth quarter comeback, to win 38-27.
A win for the Aggies over a ranked division foe, especially if their offense can crank it up, will go a long way toward calming fears in College Station, Texas. Were the Razorbacks looking ahead last week when they struggled with an FCS opponent? Maybe. The loser of this team will be erase any margin for error in the West, so consider this the biggest division matchup of the young season.
Let’s preview the matchup and make picks straight-up and against the spread.
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas: Need to know
Weakness vs. Weakness: The winner of this one might hinge on which team hides its issues the best. The Razorback pass defense is the worst in the nation giving up 352.7 yards per game. That’s pretty remarkable since they lead the nation in sacks per game at 5.67 — a full sack per game ahead of second place USC and Washington State. The secondary is getting plenty of help from its front seven and it has still been dreadful.
The elixir might be Texas A&M’s passing offense, which ranks No. 99 in the country averaging 208 yards per game. Coach Jimbo Fisher made a quarterback change from Haynes King to Max Johnson last week, and the only real impact was the lack of interceptions thrown by Johnson in the win over Miami. However, he only completed 10 of his 20 passes for 140 yards, which…
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Author : Barrett Sallee
Publish date : 2022-09-22 18:15:25
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