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Texas A&M & Tennessee Both Look To Stay Perfect


Texas AM quarterback Trevor Knight celebrates after rushing for a touchdown against the Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 8 2016 in College Station Texas

Texas AM looked impressive against Arkansas two weeks ago, and have to play well against Tennessee before they travel to Alabama next week. While Texas AM still hasn’t won a championship since joining the SEC, the Aggies and the entire SEC are benefitting on TV and in recruiting from the state of Texas.

“There’s no such thing as an ugly win”, Knight said.

If Sumlin is going to lead the Aggies to their first 6-0 start since 1994, it will be against their toughest challenge of the season, that is until No. 1 Alabama next week. That could be a serious problem against Texas AM, which features the nation’s most fearsome pass rusher (Myles Garrett) and another future National Football League player on the same defensive line (Daeshon Hall). He said Hall shouldn’t have played as a freshman, but that it was a necessity because they didn’t have anyone else to do it. He made a bobbling catch while tight-roping the sideline for a touchdown against Florida to take the lead, and made one of the greatest plays in Vol football history with his Hail Mary grab to beat Georgia this past Saturday. “Not making it a Super Bowl, but having fun with it”, said Knight, who appreciates that this offense, unlike past units under Sumlin, does not need to score 40 points each week against SEC defenses to succeed. “It was the three before it”.

Miami has lost six in a row to Florida State, so what makes them think they can end that streak?

“Our vision has always been to reach people beyond only our 11 states, and Texas is the SEC”, Sankey said. “Obviously a huge, huge play”. The Wildcats lead the series in Lexington 23-15-2.

IMPACT PERFORMER: Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald threw for 305 yards and ran for 110 yards in the Bulldogs’ 47-35 win over UMass on September 25. On the ground, Alvin Kamara rushed for 62 yards in 16 carries while Jalen Hurd had 42 yards in 10 carries.

“We’re trying to grow with Trevor”. “I feel like we’re closer of a team than we were past year”, defensive tackle Kingsley Keke said on Monday.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks just squandered too many good chances. If Tennessee loses to Texas AM, it will probably be because Texas AM is also a really good football team, not because Tennessee’s “luck” ran out. Tennessee 31, Texas AM 27. Sumlin wouldn’t comment on his status. In the second half against Florida, Tennessee outgained the Gators 336-102, with Dobbs accounting for more than 200 and four touchdowns through the air. The backup quarterback was warming up while Allen was getting tended to for what was called a bruised chest, but the junior quarterback showed his toughness and didn’t missed a snap. Allen has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for more than 246 yards a game with 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He’s a tough guy. Speaking of lacking luster, some might use similar terms to describe my picks over the past few weeks, but might I remind you that the season is a marathon, not a sprint and we’re not even at the halfway point yet. “I appreciate that about him”. The problems included an historically fresh membership in the Southeastern Conference, an unforgiving fact that helped ensure that 10 of the 14 losses would be to ranked teams, and two others would be to LSU. The Aggies still ran and passed for over 200 yards thanks to a dynamic QB/RB rushing attack and a steady diet of short passes to the edge mixed in with just enough downfield passing.

Both teams are heading into Saturday’s battle undefeated, having all five of their respective opening games.

No. 9 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0) at No. 8 Texas AM (5-0, 3-0), 3:30 p.m. (CBS): Team Better Late Than Never, also known as the Volunteers, have won all five of their games this season after trailing by double-digits.