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Preview: Auburn at Texas A&M

No. 12 Auburn goes after its first true road victory of the season Wednesday night when the Tigers pay a visit to Texas A&M, which is coming off one of its best performances of the campaign. Auburn has dropped road contests to North Carolina State and Ole Miss within the last month, but will try to break that string by snapping a three-game losing streak against the Aggies in the SEC battle.

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“I think, for us, we want to go on the road and play better,” Tigers coach Bruce Pearl told the Auburn Plainsman. “We want to handle the ball better and not turn the ball over as much. We’re going to play with the same effort, energy and confidence that we do at home. From that standpoint, it’s a great opportunity for us.” The Tigers seek to gain some momentum from Saturday’s 93-78 victory over Georgia at home, in which they shot 50 percent from the field and made 12-of-25 from 3-point range, while Texas A&M rallied from an 11-point deficit to win at Alabama 81-80 on the same day. “Hopefully, this (victory) gives us some energy and confidence,” Aggies coach Billy Kennedy told reporters after his team registered just three turnovers. Sophomore guard T.J. Starks leads Texas A&M in scoring (14.4) and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to decide Saturday’s contest, but must rebound from a 4-for-17 shooting performance against the Crimson Tide.

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ABOUT AUBURN (12-3, 1-1 SEC): Senior guard Bryce Brown is averaging 18.7 points over the last three games to improve his season mark to a team-high 15.8 with a team-best 51 makes from behind the arc. Junior guard Jared Harper had 22 points and dished out seven assists against Georgia to push his season totals to 15.0 and 6.7 (first in the SEC), respectively, and junior center Austin Wiley also scores in double figures (11.3). Sophomore forward Chuma Okeke managed just nine points in the past two games combined, but is averaging 9.9 overall to go along with 6.1 rebounds per contest.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (7-7, 1-2): Sophomore guard Savion Flagg is the only other player in double figures scoring (12.9) for the Aggies and he is averaging 16.5 over the last four games while leading the team at 8.2 rebounds per contest overall. Junior forward Josh Nebo (8.0 points per game) stepped up by scoring a season-high 21 on 10-of-12 from the field to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks against Alabama. Junior guard Wendell Mitchell, who added 18 points versus Alabama, and senior forward Christian Mekowulu (53.1 percent from the field overall) both average 9.5 points per game.

TIP-INS

1. Texas A&M sophomore G Jay Jay Chandler scored 18 in the loss to Kentucky on Jan. 8, but was held to four by Alabama.

2. Auburn senior G Malik Dunbar is averaging 11 points on 12-of-21 from the field over the last three games.

3. The Tigers are first in the SEC in offensive rebounds per game (15.5) and the Aggies are second (12.8).

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

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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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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-30-2015

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Louisville Cardinals College Football Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Music City Bowl will feature the Louisville Cardinals to meet the Texas A&M Aggies. College football daily fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 7PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The once explosive Texas A&M Aggies offense has shown issues getting points on the board. They have been held to 10 points of fewer in three of their past six games with the opponents being LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. The Aggies have fallen to mid-pack in scoring offense in 2015 as they push across just 28.3 points per game.

 

Louisville finished the regular season at 7-5. They got off to a slow start behind a freshman quarterback but rallied winning five of their past six games. They continue to be a solid defensive team ranking 14th best in college football holding teams to just 323 yards per game.

 

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Running back Brandon Radcliff came on during the latter half of the season. In their final regular season game the junior running back had two touchdowns on the ground against Kentucky. He had 146 yards rushing on November 14th against Virginia with two touchdowns. Radcliff will be running against the 106th rushing defense from college football.

 

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USC Trojans vs. Wisconsin Badgers College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Holiday Bowl features the Wisconsin Badgers to meet the USC Trojans. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 10:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their daily fantasy football roster selections.

 

The USC Trojans were an inconsistent team in 2015. They finished at 8-5 after a loss to Stanford in the PAC 12 title game. The team possesses the 30th ranked passing offense from college football behind quarterback Cody Kessler and wide out Juju Smith. They had issues defending the dynamic passing attacks from college football but that is not Wisconsin behind quarterback Joel Stave.

 

Wisconsin was able to avoid the heavyweight teams in the Big Ten conference in 2015 in Michigan St, Ohio St and Michigan who were not on the schedule. Their losses in the Big Ten came against Iowa and Northwestern where they could only score 7 points on the Wildcats and a mere 6 points on the Hawkeyes. The Badgers have put together solid defensive numbers but they have not seen the speed and skill level of this USC Trojans team.

 

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Trojans senior quarterback Cody Kessler will be playing his final game for USC. He is an NFL prospect so expect the Trojans game plan to be passing the football downfield to help his draft status. Kessler completed 67% of his throws in 2015 for 3315 yards with 28 touchdowns and 6 picks. The game is being played in nearby San Diego where the weather figures to be good for the Holiday Bowl. Kessler has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games. He passed for 365 yards at Notre Dame and 375 yards at Arizona St both are bowl teams. The Trojans receiving corps are healthy and will have success spreading out the field and finding open targets against a slower secondary that Kessler will have success throwing against.

 

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Leading wide receiver Juju Smith is healthy for the Trojans entering the Holiday Bowl. He has caught 85 balls for 1389 yards with ten touchdowns. Smith has averaged 16.3 yards per reception on the season.

 

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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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