Auburn (@2.45) vs Texas A&M (@1.53)

Our Prediction:

Texas A&M will win

Auburn – Texas A&M Match Prediction | 21-09-2019 15:30

Meanwhile, Auburn has returning starters at every big spot on special teams, including kick return. He ranked 18th nationally averaging 44.2 yards per punt and had 17 of his punts land inside the 20-yard line. Kicker Anders Carlson returns after a season in which he was asked to kick way too many 50-yard field goals (though he did hit a 53-yarder), but was 13 of 16 from inside 50 yards, and 51 of his 70 kickoffs were touchbacks. Punter Arryn Siposs is also back on campus as a junior after his first season out of Australia.

It's considered to be among the best in the country with first-rounder Derrick Brown returning at tackle, Marlon Davidson at defensive end and Buck pass rusher Nick Coe, a player projected by some analysts as a first-round talent, capable of moving inside to tackle when needed. Meanwhile, you know the story on Auburn's defensive front. The Tigers have power and speed all across the line. Auburn must replace its starting linebackers, but word is that group is just as good -- if not better -- than the one that departed after the 2018 season. More importantly, they have depth and not many offensive line are going to push them back often. Chandler Wooten has especially been incredible in offseason workouts, we're told.

He hit 20 of 28 field goals, and missed four from between 30 and 29 yards. Texas A&M punter Braden Mann is the best in college football. He's a Ray Guy Award winner and broke the college football record with an average of 51 yards per punt last season. The issue for the Aggies will be at kicker, where true freshman Seth Small was forced on the field because of an injury to outgoing kicker Daniel LaCamera. No arguments to be had.


Kam Martin provides a nice change of pace, and Shaun Shivers proved last season that his small size and elusive speed isn't all he possesses. The wildcard is freshman D.J. Williams, who appears to be the most balanced, all-around tailback on the roster behind Whitlow. JaTarvious Whitlow should be a 1,000-yard running back after Auburn failed to record a 1,000-yard 'back for the first time in 10 years last season. He's also not afraid of contact. With all five returning starters along the offensive line, the Tigers' running game should be a strength.

They have Kent State this coming weekend before making their way to Aggieland. the Ducks. This past weekend, Auburn was a little less impressive in a 24-6 victory over Tulane. The Tigers have a true freshman quarterback in Bo Nix but his performance belied his age in leading the team to a game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left vs.

Fisher is an incredible 92-27 overall and should have been coach of the year in the SEC after pushing the Aggies to a 9-4 record after switching the Shotgun-, hurry-up offense under Kevin Sumlin to a pro-style attack. It remains to be seen of Malzahn returns to his ways of 2013 and 2014. Auburn suffered through a bit of an identity crisis on offense last season, but Malzahn has grabbed the reins of the offense for the first time since the start of the 2015 season. Gus Malzahn is 1-1 against Jimbo Fisher, but the Texas A&M coach owns the biggest win of them all: the national championship when he was the coach at Florida State.

Texas A&M's Kellen Mond may not be on the same level as Justin Herbert, the Oregon quarterback many project as a first-round prospect, but he might be more dangerous considering this game is in College Station, Texas and he is spending a second year in Jimbo Fisher's system after throwing for a career-high 239 yards per game to go along with 474 rushing yards, despite being sacked more often. Auburn's first two big opponents of the season both have stellar quarterbacks. He certainly had help from running back Trayveon Williams, who is off to the NFL, but Mond was highly-recruited and sought by Auburn out of high school for a reason: the dude is an incredible dual-threat quarterback.


The sophomore, along with the revamped offensive line, particularly on the inside, could be an issue early in the season. Trayveon Williams was incredible last season with his 1,760 rushing yards, but he's in the NFL today. Two offensive linemen are gone. The top backup that should be in line for the starting job at running back is Jashaun Corbin, who averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season. Auburn's veteran defense, particularly in the trenches, should have the advantage in the first month of the season.

They landed Youngstown State transfer Zach Farrar, a 6-foot-4 receiver. No, the Tigers have plenty of that, but coaches were concerned a single receiver did not step up and take over the unit. Auburn's issue is not depth. Auburn scoured the transfer portal for a big-bodied receiver to help replace a big hole outside, where deep threat Darius Slayton departed for the NFL after his junior season. The spring game was phenomenal, as we've mentioned, specifically for Seth Williams and Matthew Hill, but that wasn't the case throughout the spring.

Texas A&M's strength will be on the edges with two returning tackles. The Aggies managed to produce a 1,700-yard rusher (Trayveon Williams, the school record holder) and the nation's 15th-best offense thanks to a strong offensive line in Jimbo Fisher's first season as the head coach. Every offensive line needs time to gel when a new player or two enters the lineup. That's a problem for any team, no matter the new talent coming aboard. Whoever steps in to replace center Erik McCoy will be the pin holding the entire group together, and it's not clear how that will pan out. The Aggies have experience at the tackle spots, but inside they have to replace two starters with a combined 72 starts.

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Win Probability 100%

The Tigers are strong at safety with two seniors, and the Nickel position should be stronger than last season with sophomore Christian Tutt focusing most of his time at the position. The Tigers return Noah Igbinoghene, who pushed through growing pains after moving from receiver, at cornerback and they will replace Jamel Dean with veteran Javaris Davis at the other corner spot.

The Aggies came into the season with the nation's toughest schedule and, through the first two weeks, it looks like it will be even harder than most thought. Texas A&M (1-1) is coming off a loss at No. LSU is now the No. 1 Clemson. 4-ranked team in the country after beating Texas in Austin this past weekend and Auburn moved into the top 10 after an opening weekend victory over Oregon in Houston.

There wasn't necessarily a standout player, but quarterback Kellen Mond certainly had options -- and he will again. The 6-foot-4 receiver will be a match-up problem for Auburn's defensive backs. At first glance that sentence doesn't make much sense, but it does for Aggies fans. 1 Clemson last season. Texas A&M's top receiver is back, but not its top pass catcher. The player we like, as we mentioned our earlier this week, is Kendrick Rogers. He had seven catches for 120 yards against No. He is in the NFL now. The top four receivers returning to the roster from last season averaged 12 yards per catch or better. The group has plenty of talent. Tight end Jace Sternberger led Texas A&M with 48 catches and 832 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The Aggies' top receiver, Quartney Davis, is back with his 45 catches, 585 yards and seen touchdowns last season.