The Texas A&M Aggies recorded a second defeat of the season and the first one at home last week against Crimson Tide and they’ll have the chance for redemption next Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. The Florida Gators on the other side also recorded the second loss of the year and first one in front of their own crowd last weekend and another home loss would definitely light up some red lights.
The Gators are 2-3 against the spread this season (2-2 at home) and they are 3-2 in Over/Under while the Aggies are 3-2-1 against the spread (1-0 on the road) and 3-3 in Over/Under. Total points for Saturday’s matchup are set at 52.5 points and bookies are giving a slight advantage to Florida at -3. Very interesting game in front of us so let’s check some basic info about the teams play so far into the season.
Gators vs. Aggies
Spread: Florida -3 (-105); Texas A&M +3 (-115) Get the latest CFB odds direct from Las Vegas with WagerTalk Live Lines
Moneyline: Florida -150; Texas Tech +130
Totals: Over/Under 52.5 (-110)
The Florida Gators suffered a tough loss last weekend against LSU at home soil, 17:16. Some part of guilt for this defeat can be addressed to kicker Eddy Pineiro who missed the extra point following Lamical Perine 1yd TD run that could have tied the game two minutes before the end of the third quarter but the team had entire fourth quarter available and failed to score giving the Tigers a much-needed road win.
The team is currently 3-2 (3-1 in conference play) and a win on Saturday against another conference rival is an imperative. If they can manage to emerge victorious they will enter their bye week with much less pressure and enough time to regroup and correct certain weak spots.
Statistically, they’re allowing 373.2 total yards per game (5.7 yards per play) to their opponents (217.2 passing yards and 156.0 rushing yards). The offense on the other side records 347.2 total yards (191.8 passing yards and 155.4 rushing yards) per matchup and 5.7 yards per play.
Individually, freshman QB Feleipe Franks leads the team with 665 passing yards, three TDs and one interception. Another freshman, RB Malik Davis leads the ground game with 409 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and two rushing TDs while sophomore WR Tyrie Cleveland leads the receiving corps with 15 catches for 326 yards and two scores so far. On the defensive side of the ball sophomore duo, LB David Reese and S Chauncey Gardner lead the Gators with 44 and 32 total tackles recorded. Reese also has one interception.
Besides Rick Wells, Jordan Scarlett, Richard Desir-Jones, Keivonnis Davis, Antonio Callaway, Kadeem Telfort, Ventrell Miller and Jordan Smith who are all suspended due to conduct detrimental to the program, Kyle Task (foot), James Robinson (heart), Marcell Harris (Achilles) and Luke Del Rio (shoulder) are all out for the Saturday’s matchup.
Kyree Campbell (knee), Kemore Gamble (foot), Chauncey Gardner (undisclosed), Nick Smith (knee), Kadarius Toney (shoulder) and Tyrie Cleveland (ankle) are listed as questionable for the showdown against Aggies.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Last week’s home loss against No. 1 team in the country, Alabama Crimson Tide was far from being labeled as a big failure for the Aggies. Yes, they did lose the game but the squad’s progress in commitment and mindset was obvious as the Aggies fought for every yard and gave the favorites much stronger stand then most of us thought they were able to do.
Before they can get back to Kyle Field they’ll need to square off with the Gators on the road in a game that is predicted to be very close when it comes to the final score.
On the stat sheet, the team is averaging 424.8 total yards in offense (200.0 passing yards and 224.8 rushing yards) per game and 5.5 yards per play. Defensively, they allow 382.0 total yards (263.5 passing yards and 118.5 rushing yards) to their opponents and 5.6 yards per play.
Freshman QB Kellen Mond leads the offense with 1045 passing yards, seven TDs and three picks so far while RBs duo sophomore Trayveon Williams and senior Keith Ford dominate the run game with 422 and 321 rushing yards so far and 12 TDs combined. WRs Christian Kirk and Jhamon Ausbon top the receiving corps with 316 and 222 receiving yards and six TDs combined. The defensive side of the field belongs to senior safety Armani Watts who is posting some incredible numbers at the start of the season (45 total tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery) and sophomore linebacker Tyrel Dodson (45 total tackles, two interceptions).
Nick Starkel (ankle), Nick Harvey (knee) and Donovan Wilson (foot) are out for Saturday’s matchup while Jake Hubenak (shoulder) is listed as questionable.
Gators vs. Aggies Betting Lines
As predicted, this should be a very close game when it comes to the final result. By my opinion, the slight advantage goes to the Aggies because, to me, it looks like their team’s mojo is in a bit better state than their opponents right now. The Gators also have a big problem with injured players (Gardner and Cleveland are questionable), not to mention the plethora of suspended players because of the conduct issues. Also, I think that there will be less than 53 points in total because both teams are starting with freshman QBs and the defenses might have the upper hand in this duel.
My Pick: Texas A&M +3 (-115)
Totals: Under 52.5 (-110)