Texas A&M (6-0) vs Alabama (7-0)

Even the tougher opponents are finding it hard to compete with top-ranked Alabama, which looks for its 12th straight victory over ranked programs when it hosts No. 6 Texas A&M in Saturday’s SEC showdown (Enter Games of the Week Contests). The Crimson Tide are looking for their 20th consecutive overall win and are coming off a complete dismantling of then-No. 11 Tennessee as they delivered a 49-10 shellacking. Alabama has scored an amazing 11 non-offensive touchdowns (eight on defense, three on punt returns). Unbeaten Texas A&M is Alabama’s lone remaining challenger in the SEC West.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M

The Aggies lead the SEC in total offense (532.8 yards per game) and rushing offense (274.3) and will be trying to penetrate an Alabama unit that leads the nation in rushing defense (69.2) and allows just 2.2 yards per carry. Standout freshman running back Trayveon Williams (SEC-leading 704 rushing yards, five touchdowns) has been superb with an 8.6 average per carry while senior quarterback Travis Knight has been effective as both a runner (502 yards, nine scores) and a passer (1,500 yards, nine touchdowns). Junior defensive end Myles Garrett (28 career sacks, team-leading four this season) is getting closer to full strength from an ankle injury and senior strong safety Justin Evans leads Texas A&M with 48 tackles and three interceptions. Aggies sophomore WR Christian Kirk leads the SEC with 40 receptions but is averaging just 8.8 yards per catch.

ABOUT ALABAMA

Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has become a big-time star and has accounted for 17 touchdowns (nine passing, eight rushing) while passing for 1,385 yards and rushing for 428. Sophomore running back Damien Harris (572 yards) averages an impressive 8.3 yards per carry while sophomore wideout Calvin Ridley has 39 receptions for 477 yards and four touchdowns. Senior defensive end Jonathan Allen has five sacks to raise his career total to 23, two behind second-place Kindal Moorehead (1998-2002) on the Crimson Tide’s all-time list while senior safety Eddie Jackson has a superb 25.8 punt-return average and has scored three total touchdowns (two on punt returns, one on an interception).

Alabama holds a 6-2 series edge after posting a 41-23 road victory last season. The Crimson Tide had three interception-return touchdowns in last year’s win over Texas A&M. Two of them came from now-sophomore cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and the other one came from Jackson.

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Texas A&M vs. Louisville

By: Aldo Panessidi

 

Welcome to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl featuring Texas A&M against Louisville.  This will be an exciting game with Louisville winning 28-17 over Texas A&M.  Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

 

Texas A&M will have a new quarterback when it faces Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray, who combined for 2,896 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while splitting time this year, announced they were transferring out of Texas A&M as the Aggies began bowl preparations. Sophomore Jake Hubenak (a transfer from Blinn Junior College) is the only other Aggies quarterback to throw a pass this season.

The Cardinals, won five of their last six games to qualify coach Bobby Petrino for a school-record sixth bowl appearance, also used two starting quarterbacks this season. Dual-threat freshman Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in rushing yards (734) and touchdowns (nine) in 11 appearances and six starts. Sophomore Kyle Bolin is a pocket-passer and threw for 1,154 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

The pressure will be on the two defenses to slow these offenses full of talented, young skill players. The Aggies rank third nationally in tackles for loss – led by Myles Garrett’s SEC-best 18.5 – and held teams to 161.2 passing yards. Devonte Fields had 19.5 tackles for loss while the Cardinals ranked 13th in total defense (323.4).

 

TEXAS A&M Season Overview (8-4, 4-4 SEC): Allen made nine starts and Murray had three while Hubenak went 12-of-27 for 92 yards and one touchdown in five appearances. Hubenak will have plenty of targets in Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards, six TDs), Ricky Seals-Jones (42, 542, three) and Josh Reynolds (40, 730, five). Kirk, the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 1,659 all-purpose yards, finished with a 24.4-yard average and two scores on punt returns.

 

LOUISVILLE Season Overview (7-5, 5-3 ACC): Jackson – who threw for 1,613 yards, 10 TDs and eight interceptions – is practicing taking snaps under center after spending most of the year in a pistol or shotgun formation. Jamari Staples (36 catches for 610 yards, three TDs) and James Quick (35 catches for 551 yards, five TDs) led the team in receiving while freshmen Ja ylen Smith (27 catches, 372 yards, one TD) and Traveon Samuel (18 catches, 177 yards, one TD) got valuable experience. Brandon Radcliff added 587 yards and seven scores on the ground.

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Texas A&M Aggies versus Mississippi Rebels

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From college football the Mississippi Rebels will be hosting the Texas A&M Aggies. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV on Saturday night October 24th at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The teams met last season with Ole Miss posting the 35-20 upset road victory. Texas A&M outgained the Rebels by 120 yards but turnovers were a factor in the game as the Aggies had a -3 margin for the game. Texas A&M had no success running the football with 54 yards rushing on 35 carries.

Texas A&M is looking to rebound after a 41-23 home defeat last week to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The loss dropped the club to 5-1 on the year. Alabama just looked too big and strong for the Aggies. Texas A&M had no luck rushing with 32 yards on 25 carries. The Aggies had no answer for the Crimson Tide’s rushing attack as they posted 258 yards for over 5 ½ yards per carry. Texas A&M is ranked 96th in the nation in run defense by allowing an average of 195 yards per game on the ground.

Mississippi fell to 5-2 as they traveled to Memphis and were beaten 37-24 in an upset loss. Surprisingly an SEC power like the Rebels couldn’t run a lick against an AAC team as Ole Miss had 40 yards on the ground on 24 carries. Defensively they had trouble defending Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch who threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns with just one pick. The Rebels had their problems extending drives by going 4 of 13 on third down. Mississippi is 72nd in the nation in defending the pass as they surrender 229 yards per game.

Texas A&M Aggies QB:

Kyle Allen

The Aggies starting quarterback is hitting on 61% of his throws this year for 1537 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 picks. Allen had a poor game in the loss to the Crimson Tide last week by completing 20 of his 40 throws for 263 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. He has shown some run ability like he did in the win against Mississippi St three weeks ago as he rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries. Allen is just a sophomore.

Texas A&M Aggies RB:

Tra Carson

The Aggies senior running back has 108 carries on the campaign for 476 yards with four touchdowns. In the passing game Carson has a receiving touchdown as he grabbed 13 balls for 116 yards.

Texas A&M WR:

Christian Kirk

Kirk leads Texas A&M with 39 catches for 609 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 15.6 yards per reception on the campaign. In the loss to Alabama, Kirk had seven receptions for 90 yards with no touchdown grabs for the second straight game.

Josh Reynolds

This junior wide receiver has been a big play threat for the Aggies as he is averaging 20.9 yards per reception. Reynolds has 21 receptions for 439 yards with three catches. He has come up big in the three games against the SEC with 13 catches for 197 yards with 19.7 yards per reception average.

Mississippi Rebels QB:

Chad Kelly

The junior signal caller has completed 65% of his throws for 2234 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven picks. In the loss to Memphis Kelly went 33 of 47 for 372 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He has six interceptions thrown over his past four games.

Mississippi Rebels RB:

Jaylen Walton

Walton has 58 carries for 331 yards with three touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.7 yards per run on the season. It was only 7 carries for Walton last week for 39 yards. It was a struggle three weeks back at Florida with 23 yards rushing on nine carries for 2.6 yards per attempt.

Mississippi Rebels WR:

Laquon Treadwell

The junior wide out has 49 receptions for 654 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 13.3 yards per reception on the campaign. Treadwell had a season high 14 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.

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QB: Kyle Allen (Texas A&M)

RB: Tra Carson (Texas A&M)

WR: Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss), Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M)

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 10-14-2015

 

Alabama Crimson Tide versus Texas A&M Aggies College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-14-2015

A nice matchup from the SEC conference is on tap for Saturday October 14th as the Texas A&M Aggies will be home to the Alabama Crimson Tide. College football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time from Texas A&M to follow the results of their roster selections.

Alabama is 5-1 on the year as they carry a three game win streak since dropping a 43-37 home decision to Mississippi in week three. They had a struggle with Arkansas for three quarters until they separated from the Razorbacks with 17 fourth quarter points in their 27-14 victory. The Crimson Tide run game stalled as the team had 46 rush attempts but only 134 yards which amounted to less than three yards a carry. The Alabama defense kept them in the game as they stuffed the Arkansas offense to just 220 yards for the entire game. The Crimson Tide brings in the sixth rated defense in all of college football as the team surrenders just 264 yards per game.

Texas A&M has a mark of 5-0 as they face this stern home test. They are 2-0 against the SEC with a 28-21 overtime victory to Arkansas and two weeks ago the team hosted Mississippi St and came away with the 30-17 victory at home. What has been a surprise to many this year has been the play of the Texas A&M defense. They have shown much improvement from previous years. In their win against the Bulldogs the A&M defense got off the field limiting Mississippi St to just 5 of 14 on their third down conversions. Texas A&M is ranked 40th in college football in scoring defense holding their opponents to just 21 points per game.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior quarterback has completed 60% of his throws for 1238 yards with 11 touchdowns and six picks. He had two touchdowns and two picks in the win last week at home to Arkansas. Coker threw two picks in the loss to Ole Miss.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry has run 120 times this year for 665 yards with ten touchdowns. He is running for 5.5 yards a carry this season. His numbers last week were just 95 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown with a season worst 3.5 yards per carry.

Kenyan Drake

The senior running back has 50 rushing attempts on the year for 244 yards and a touchdown. Drake is running for nearly five yards a carry. He ran for 29 yards on seven carries last week.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

Ridley has caught 31 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns. He had his best day of the season against Arkansas with nine catches for 140 yards with a touchdown. He had a long reception of 81 yards.

Texas A&M Aggies QB:

Kyle Allen

The sophomore quarterback has hit on 64% of his throws for 1274 yards with 13 touchdowns and two picks. In the win against Mississippi St Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns. The week prior against Arkansas Allen passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas A&M Aggies RB:

Tra Carson

Carson has carried the ball 95 times this season for 430 yards with four touchdowns. He rushed for 110 yards against Mississippi St with a touchdown.

Texas A&M Aggies WR:

Christian Kirk

The A&M freshman wide receiver leads the team by margin with 32 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Kirk had eight grabs for 77 yards against the Bulldogs. His big game came against Arkansas with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

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Texas A&M Aggies versus Arkansas Razorbacks College Football Fantasy Preview

From SEC conference action the Arkansas Razorbacks will face the Texas A&M Aggies from college football. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league roster. This game will be played on a neutral field in AT&T Stadium the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

These teams meet every year in conference action and these meetings have been played in the Dallas area as well. Last year the Aggies posted the 35-28 overtime victory. Arkansas ran the ball effectively with 285 yards on the ground while the Aggies threw for 386 yards. In their past four meetings the Aggies have scored no fewer than 35 points.

This will be the first conference game for both teams. Texas A&M had one major test as they defeated Arizona St 38-17 on a neutral field. The surprise this season has been the play of their defense. The club is allowing 22.3 points per game ranking in the upper half of college football.

Arkansas has a losing record after three games with a mark of 1-2. The sad news is they have been the home team for all three games. They have lost their past two straight losing at home to Toledo 16-12 two weeks ago and last week it was a 35-25 defeat at home to Texas Tech. The Razorbacks are averaging 28 points per game ranking 82nd in all of college football. They are giving up 232 yards passing on defense which is 78th in the nation.

Texas A&M Aggies QB:

Kyle Allen

The sophomore signal caller is hitting on 61% of his throws for 594 yards with nine touchdowns and two picks. Last week in their home win to Nevada Allen hit on 18 of 31 throws for 270 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. He ran ten times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Allen has two rushing touchdowns on the campaign.

Texas A&M Aggies RB:

Tra Carson

Carson leads the team by far with 61 carries for 292 yards and two touchdowns. He is rushing for 4.8 yards a carry. Against the Aggies toughest opponent the senior running back averaged 3.3 yards a carry on his 29 rushing attempts which averaged out to just 3.3 yards a carry on the Sun Devil defense.

Texas A&M Aggies WR:

Christian Kirk

The freshman wide receiver leads Texas A&M unit by margin with 16 catches in 2015 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He had a great game in the Aggies step up contest against Arizona St with six receptions for 106 yards with a 66 yard touchdown catch.

Josh Reynolds

Reynolds had a great game against Nevada last week catching three balls for 55 yards with two touchdowns.

Arkansas Razorbacks QB:

Brandon Allen

The Razorbacks senior quarterback has hit on 67% of his passes for 916 yards with six touchdowns and two picks. In the loss to Texas Tech last week Allen completed 16 of 21 throws for 196 yards with two touchdowns and one pick.

Arkansas Razorbacks RB:

Alex Collins:

Collins has 60 carries for 351 yards on the 2015 campaign with three touchdowns. He is averaging 5.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns and a long run of 70 yards. The junior running back was used heavily in the loss to Texas Tech with 28 carries for 170 yards with a touchdown. Collins averaged 6.1 yards a carry last week with a long run of 26 yards.

Arkansas Razorbacks WR:

Keon Hatcher

The leading wide receiver for the Razorbacks after the first two weeks of the season missed the Texas Tech game due to injury and is out on Saturday against Texas A&M.

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