Saturday afternoon features an SEC battle of top-25 teams as the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (3-0) take on the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0). Arkansas will host this one at the neutral site of AT&T Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 pm ET.
Last week, the Aggies enjoyed a 34-0 blowout over New Mexico. In the win, Zach Calzada threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Spiller rushed for 117 yards and a score.
Arkansas also enjoyed a big 45-10 win last week over Georgia Southern. KJ Jefferson led the way under center with 366 yards and three scores. Dominique Johnson added 72 yards rushing with a touchdown of his own.
Texas A&M is the favorite in this one despite playing on the road. They are -225 to win while the Razorbacks’ moneyline sits at +180. The spread features Arkansas +4.5 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 46.5.
Currently, Texas A&M has the third-best odds of winning the SEC championship at +2500. Arkansas is currently +10000 to win the conference.
In terms of the National Championship, Texas A&M has the 10th-best odds to win it all at +6000. Arkansas is +30000 to win the National Championship.
By The Numbers
Texas A&M has been on a roll as of late. In fact, in their last ten games, they are undefeated in that time. They have also been solid against Arkansas as they are 9-0 in their last nine games against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas is just 6-14 overall in their last 20 games. Despite the poor record, though, they are actually 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games.
Texas A&M Try To Continue Dominance Over Arkansas
Having won nine games in a row over the Razorbacks, the Aggies are hoping to make it an even 10 in a row on Saturday. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will look to a defensive unit that ranks first in scoring defense, allowing 5.7 points per game to dominate Arkansas.
The defense is led by Antonio Johnson (18 tackles), Demarvin Leal (2.5 sacks), Leon O’neal Jr. (two interceptions).
On the offensive side, Zach Calzada leads the team under center with 458 yards passing and four touchdowns.
On the ground is where the Aggies might be the most solid. They have a two-headed monster in Isaiah Spiller (250 yards, touchdown) and Devon Achane (203 yards, two touchdowns).
Arkansas About To Face Brutal Part Of Schedule
The SEC is a gauntlet of a conference, and the Arkansas Razorbacks are about to enter a brutal part of their schedule. They have four straight games against ranked opponents with No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 2 Georgia, No. 13 Ole Miss, and No. 23 Auburn on their schedule over the next four weeks.
The Razorbacks are trying to pick up an upset win over Texas A&M Saturday and will look to quarterback KJ Jefferson to lead them. On the season, he has thrown for 632 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He has also rushed for 180 yards and another two scores.
The leading rusher is Trelon Smith. On 42 attempts, Smith has 216 yards and three scores.
The Razorbacks rank tied for 20th in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of 16 points per game.
Taking The Aggies To Win And To Cover The Points
Despite a bit of a clunker in their 10-7 win over Colorado in Week 2, the Aggies have been dominant through three weeks. Granted, Arkansas is the best competition they will have seen to date, but their defense should be up to the task.
Expect the Aggies to get their 10th win in a row over Arkansas and expect them to cover the 4.5-point spread.