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Texas A&M vs. Tennessee - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee Volunteers (5-0) at Texas A&M Aggies (5-0)

College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm (Kyle Field)

The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Texas A&M Aggies and the Tennessee Volunteers face off on Saturday in College Station in a SEC college football week 6 battle of 5-0 ranked teams.

The Texas A&M Aggies are off to a 5-0 start and while they have beaten two ranked teams, they face their stiffest test thus far. The Texas A&M offense is averaging 39.2 points and 521 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 8 times. Aggies QB Trevor Knight has completed 54.1 percent of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and he has rushed for 392 yards and 6 touchdowns. Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams is averaging 9.0 yards per carry and he has 4 touchdowns and Christian Kirk is the top receiver with 33 catches and 3 touchdowns and Josh Reynolds ahs 20 catches and 3 touchdowns. Defensively the Aggies are allowing 15.4 points and 388.2 yards per game with 5 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries, and 16 sacks. Myles Garrett missed last week’s game for A&M but Shaan Washington is leading the Aggies in tackles with 38, Justin Evans has 37 tackles, and Nick Harvey has 31 tackles. Texas A&M has wilted in the second half of the season the past few years and they are looking to avoid that this season.

Texas A&M vs. Tennessee - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off of a monster win at Georgia in a game that the lead changed 3 times in the final 2 minutes. The Tennessee offense is averaging 33 points and 381.6 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 9 times. Vols QB Joshua Dobbs has completed 57.9 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and he has rushed for 267 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jalen Hurd is Tennessee’s top rusher with 407 yards and 2 touchdowns and Josh Malone is the top receiver with 15 catches 5 touchdowns while Jauan Jennings and Alvin Kamara each have 12 catches. The Tennessee defense is allowing 23 points and 360.8 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, and 8 sacks. Todd Kelly Jr. is the Volunteers top tackler with 32, Colton Jumper has 29 tackles, and Micah Abernathy has 28 tackles but Jalen Reeves-Maybin missed last game with an injury. Tennessee plays back to back road games after playing at home and at a neutral site to start the season.

Texas A&M is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games, 8-18 against the spread in their last 26 SEC games, and 1-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Tennessee is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 road games, 6-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games.

Tennessee has needed big time comebacks in their last 2 games and normally the luck starts running out on teams who win like that. Tennessee’s defense looked vulnerable at times and I see A&M moving the ball and for the Aggies pass rush to get after Dobbs. I see a Texas A&M win and cover. 

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