Wednesday, September 28, 2022

No. 11 Texas A&M Visits No. 12 Mississippi at SEC Showdown

Things to watch for Week 11 at the Southeast Conference:

game of the week

No. 11 Texas A&M No. 12 on Mississippi

It’s a showdown between teams that could be at least second best behind No. 3 Alabama in the SEC West Division. And the Aggies beat the Crimson Tide to begin a four-game winning streak and help them stay in the fight for the division title. The matchup pitted Rebels star quarterback Matt Coral against the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense. Coral is the only FBS quarterback with 2,500 passing yards and 500 yard runs this season. The Aggies are allowing less than 15 points in a game and just 16th place Auburn on three. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Texas A&M is a slim favorite.

best Match

Will Rogers defending Number 16 Auburn and the state of Mississippi face a near-happy crime. Rogers is looking for his eighth consecutive 300-yard passing game. During that period, he has thrown for an average of 377.8 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Tigers defense held Texas A&M last week without an offensive touchdown, losing 20-3. Auburn also leads the SEC and is ranked 12th nationally with 7.44 tackles for losses per game. The Tigers won last season’s meeting 24-10, which was postponed till December 12 due to COVID-19. He sacked Rogers six times and caught him for 221 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

long shot

1 Georgia’s defense has been barely touched this season, ranking as the nation’s best unit. But Tennessee has proven it can score and score quickly, especially in a 45-42 win last weekend at then-numbers. 18 Kentucky when the offense held the ball for less than 14 minutes. So perhaps this gives volunteers an opportunity to go where anti-offense has rarely gone: the bulldog’s end zone. Hendon Hooker achieved a career high with 316 yards and four touchdown passes against the Wildcats. It was the first win over a ranked Tennessee team since beating Kentucky in 2018.

inside numbers

Florida has lost eight of its last 10 matches against Power Five opponents. … Mississippi State coach Mike Leach could add Emory Ballard’s school record with four wins over ranked teams in a road or neutral-site game. … Ole Miss DL Sam Williams already has a school-record 10 1/2 sack, placing second on FBS. … Texas A&M’s Tyree Johnson won the first five games, one in the last four and seven in the last four. … Auburn quarterback Bo Knicks is ready to start his 34th game in a row. It would be second to Phil Gargis (1974–76) by Auburn quarterback since 1969, after Stan White’s 45 from 1990–93. … Tyler Baddie, running back to Missouri, was held up without a touchdown against Georgia for the first time this season, but exceeded the 1,000-yard mark. … Vanderbilt is donning his first “blackout” of the season, sporting a black jersey and pants against Kentucky.

impact player

Jason Brown of South Carolina became the team’s third starting quarterback, and gave a solid performance in Florida’s round of 40–17. Transferring from St. Francis, the FCS program in Brown, Pennsylvania, took over following Jeb Noland’s knee surgery. Backed by a strong running game and defense, he completed 14 of 24 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Brown enrolled in South Carolina just before spring practice. The Northeast Conference moved its season to spring due to COVID-19.

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