No. 16 Auburn visits Texas A&M team trying to rebound
No. 16 Auburn (6-2, 4-1 SEC, CFP No. 14) at Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN)
Line: Auburn by 15.
Series record: Texas A&M leads 5-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Tigers are hoping to remain in SEC West contention with games awaiting against No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Aggies can become bowl eligible and want to rebound from a 34-15 loss to Mississippi State.
Auburn’s offensive line against Texas A&M’s pass rush. The Aggies lead the SEC in sacks with 30. The Tigers have allowed 22, which ranks tied with A&M for 10th in the league. Auburn is expected to get C Casey Dunn back from an injury.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Auburn: RB Kerryon Johnson is tied for second nationally with 14 rushing touchdowns and leads the SEC in rushing yards per game. The Tigers will be without an injured Kamryn Pettway, potentially leaving Johnson to shoulder even more of the load.
Texas A&M: QB Kellen Mond is expected to remain the starter after getting injured in the fourth quarter of a loss to Mississippi State. Nick Starkel replaced him and had both a long touchdown pass and an interception returned for a touchdown.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Aggies are looking for their first win over a Top 25 team since beating No. 9 Tennessee on Oct. 8, 2016. They’re 12-14 against ranked teams under coach Kevin Sumlin. ... The road team has won every meeting since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012. ... Auburn, Ohio State and Toledo are the only FBS teams averaging more than 220 yards both passing and rushing. ... The Tigers have scored first in 12 straight games dating back to last season.
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