Tennessee just keeps finding ways to win. They have a pair of ugly wins against Appalachian State and Ohio, a relatively easy win over Virginia Tech, a cathartic comeback win over Florida and a miracle over Georgia. Meanwhile, Texas A&M is off to yet another hot start. They’ve started 5-0 for the third straight year. The problem for the Aggies under Kevin Sumlin has not been the start to the season, but the finish to the season. Both teams come into this game undefeated and ranked in the top 10. Something’s got to give.
The Vols may be undefeated, but some are beginning to wonder just how many times Tennessee will be able to go down big in the first half and come all the way back in the second half. To further complicate things for Tennessee, injuries are beginning to pile up at an alarming rate. CB Cam Sutton is still out for an extended time and now LB’s Jaylen Reeves-Maybin and Darrin Kirkland are out for the game against Texas A&M. Reeves-Maybin is out with a shoulder sprain while Kirkland will miss his fourth straight game with an ankle sprain. But most worringly for Vols fans, RB Jalen Hurd is not 100% and is listed as day to day having missed most of the second half of the Georgia game with what Butch Jones called “a lower extremity injury.” For Tennessee to be able to compete for four quarters with an extremely talented Aggies team, they will need a healthy one, two punch of Hurd and Alvin Kamara, along with Josh Dobbs to play well, not just in the second half but for the whole game.
Texas A&M is not without their share of worrying injuries. Several key players missed Texas A&M’s road win over South Carolina last week and are still fighting to be ready to play this weekend. WR’s Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones are still in doubt as is stud DE Myles Garret. Garret is a potential number one pick in the NFL Draft next year and for the Aggies to shut down the Vols offense for a full four quarters, they need a healthy and active Garrett. However, should the game become a shootout the Aggies should feel comfortable with one of the better QBs in the SEC, Trevor Knight. Knight has been very good for the Aggies so far this year, throwing for 1,261 yards and 7 touchdowns to go with an additional 392 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground.
- This is the first meeting between Tennessee and Texas A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012. The only other SEC teams Texas A&M has yet to play since joining the SEC are Kentucky and Georgia.
- The last time these two teams played, current Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis held the same position at Tennessee.
- This game is the third time this year Tennessee will be featured on College GameDay.
- Since becoming the Aggies head coach in 2012, Kevin Sumlin is just 2-6 against ranked teams at home.
Kyle Field – College Station, TX
Tennessee leads 2-0-0
Cotton Bowl – Fair Park, TX
Texas A&M 7
Current AP Ranking
Texas A&M: 8
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