Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies Free Pick 9/28/13
Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks TBA -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies face off on Saturday in SEC college football action.
The Arkansas Razorbacks had won their first three games and appeared to be on their way to win number four but they let it get away from them losing to Rutgers last week. Even with the loss it is clear this Arkansas team is greatly improved over the team we saw a year ago. At QB Brandon Allen has completed 59.1 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and an interception but he missed last week with an injured shoulder and is questionable this week as it was A.J. Derby who has completed 56.2 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and an interception. Alex Collins is averaging 5.6 yards per carry with two touchdowns and Jonathan Williams is averaging 6.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns to place the Hogs ground attack. Javontee Herndon has 12 catches with four touchdowns, Hunter Henry has eight catches and a touchdown, and Kiero Small has seven catches and an interception. The Arkansas defense allows 16.5 points per game and 289.8 yards with four interceptions, three fumbles, and a whopping 14 sacks. Jarrett Lake has 30 tackles, Eric Bennett, Alan Turner, and Braylon Mitchell have 24 tackles each, and Chris Smith has 5.5 sacks. The Arkansas defense will be severely tested in this one.
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The Texas A&M Aggies are off to a 3-1 start to the season but their loss came in conference play to Alabama. While Texas A&M has a loss they very much believe they still have a chance to win it all. QB Johnny Manziel is up to his old tricks completed 70 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions and he has rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Malena is the primary option at running back and he is averaging 5.8 yards per carry with five touchdowns and Tra Carson is averaging 5.2 yards per carry with four touchdowns. Mike Evans has 22 receptions and three touchdowns to lead Aggie receivers, Malcome Kennedy has 19 catches and four touchdowns, and Derel Walker has 12 touchdowns. Texas A&M allows 30.2 points per game and 475.2 yards with five interceptions, four sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Howard Mathews has 31 tackles, Clay Honeycutt has 29 tackles, and Deshazor Everett has 24 tackles. Texas A&M replaced a lot of talent from a year ago but at this point of the season they have had a chance to gain valuable experience.
Arkansas is 19-8 against the spread in their last 27 home games, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games, and 11-3 against the spread in their last 14 home games against a team with a winning record. Texas A&M is 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, and 5-0 against the spread in their last five SEC games.
The line for this one hasn’t been posted as of yet due to the status of Allen and not knowing who Arkansas’ QB will be but check back shortly after the line is posted and I will update this with my free pick.