With Texas A&M Aggies and Ole Miss Rebels coming in at No. 11 and 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings, they aren’t going to crack the top four. However, the winner of this game can continue to put the pressure on SEC-leading Alabama. The Crimson Tide would need to stumble for either the Aggies or Rebels to have a chance to play in the SEC Championship Game but it certainly could happen.
While both teams can put the points up, this feels like a game when the aggressive defenses who rank first and second in the SEC in sacks, could dictate more than the offensive units do.
This is the second ranked team each of the teams has played in the last three weeks.
The visiting Texas A&M Aggies were listed by the college football spreads as a six-point favorite.
Ole Miss led by four early in the third quarter before Texas A&M got a defensive touchdown and an Isaiah Spiller scoring run with 2:34 left to go up by 10. Things got interesting when Ole Miss drove to the 18 but, after failing to pick up the first down, the Rebels opted to take the field goal knowing that they needed two scores The Aggies recovered the onsides kick to win the game 24-17 and cover by the slimmest of margins.
It was the third consecutive game in the series that the Aggies covered. They also won straight up in each of those games. The last six games between the teams went under the total.
Texas A&M Aggies
Next game: vs Prairie View
Although the Texas A&M Aggies headed into the home game against Auburn as a 4½-point favorite according to the scores and odds, the ease with which Texas A&M recorded its seventh win was a tad bit surprising.
Auburn managed a game-tying field goal late in the first quarter and that was all the visiting Tigers could muster.
Auburn managed only two sustained drives in the second half. One ended with a missed field goal and the other when the Tigers were stopped on fourth down. The Aggies had nearly twice as many yards against Auburn in what was expected to be one of the more competitive games on the SEC schedule in Week 10. The Texas A&M defense managed more points in the second half than the Auburn offense.
Quarterback Zach Calzada, who has thrown for 1556 yards and 12 touchdowns, is probable. Defensive back Myles Jones (foot) and offensive lineman Luke Matthews (shoulder) are out for the rest of the season. Defensive back Brian George is out for the season.
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said cornerbacks Myles Jones and Brian George and offensive lineman Luke Matthews are out for the rest of the season because of injuries. https://t.co/b4QHd8n87F
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 5, 2021
Ole Miss Rebels
Next game: vs Vanderbilt
The expected matchup of top NFL quarterback prospects never materialized thanks to a swarming Ole Miss Rebels defense.
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral did his part as he threw for 324 yards and a touchdown as the Rebels, listed as a 7½-point favorite by the sportsbook, covered 27-14
The Rebels led 24-0 after Corral’s lone touchdown pass of the game with 1:27 left in the first half.
The Liberty Flames did get a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including one by quarterback Malik Willis with 1:08 left, but Ole Miss was never in danger of not covering after jumping out to the big lead.
The Ole Miss defense had nine sacks and 11 tackles for loss as the Rebels never let the highly touted Willis get comfortable. Willis passed for 173 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.
About the only thing that didn’t go well for Ole Miss were tweets mocking Liberty coach Hugh Freeze, a former head coach for the Rebels. Current Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin apologized for the tweets after the game.
Receivers Dontario Drummond and Jonathan Mingo missed the Liberty game and are questionable. Drummond leads Ole Miss with 40 catches and 658 receiving yards. Tight end Chase Rogers missed the last four games and is questionable.
Betting on the Game
There’s plenty on the line in this game. The Texas A&M Aggies and Ole Miss Rebels are still within striking range of first-place Alabama in the SEC West Division. The loser of this game is pretty much out of the SEC Championship Game picture.
Texas A&M’s is 2-0 against ranked teams and its three-point win over Alabama was one of the most noteworthy results of the SEC season. The Aggies put up 41 points in that game but went a different route to defeat nationally ranked Auburn, relying on a tremendous defensive effort in the 20-3 win.
The Texas A&M defense has allowed 185 and 226 yards, respectively, in its last two games. The Aggies already own a win over one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates – Alabama quarterback Bryce Young. Can they do it again when they face Heisman candidate Corral?
Ole Miss can play some defense as well. Chance Campbell and Sam Williams are both in double figures in the tackles for loss department and have combined for 16.5 sacks as Ole Miss leads the SEC with 34 sacks. Texas A&M is second in that department with 28.
Texas A&M is 4-1 against the college football odds in its last five games and has covered in each of its last five road games.
The total has gone under in four of the last five games when Texas A&M played at Ole Miss. The total has gone under in five of the Rebels’ last six games.
The Rebels are 2-5 ATS in last seven SEC games.