Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) at Texas A&M Aggies (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Kyle Field)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies +26.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies meet Saturday in college football action at Kyle Field on ESPN.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look for their second road victory to build on their effortless 5-0 start. The Alabama Crimson Tide haven’t lost a road game since October of 2014. Jalen Hurts is completing 64 percent of his passes for 747 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa have combined for 10 touchdown passes this season. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 429 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Cam Sims has six receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 315.6 yards per contest, and Hurts leads the way with 461 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 8.6 points and 249 yards per game. Minkah Fitzpatrick leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 23 tackles, Raekwon Davis has two sacks and Levi Wallace has three interceptions.
The Texas A&M Aggies look for their fifth straight victory to make a statement to the rest of the SEC. The Texas A&M Aggies have won eight of their last 10 home games. Kellen Mond is completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 808 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Mond has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Christian Kirk and Jhamon Ausbon have combined for 463 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Damion Ratley has nine receptions. The Texas A&M Aggies ground game is averaging 255.6 yards per contest, and Trayveon Williams leads the way with 384 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Texas A&M is allowing 28 points and 387.4 yards per game. Armani Watts leads the Texas A&M Aggies with 37 tackles, Landis Durham has 5.5 sacks and Tyrel Dodson has two interceptions.
The Crimson Tide are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games, 12-2 ATS in their last 14 road games and 16-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Aggies are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 16-34-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Aggies last 7 games overall and the over is 6-2 in Crimson Tide last 8 road games.
Alabama is starting to find its groove after steamrolling its last two games, but this feels like a lot of points to be laying on the table. Texas A&M isn't Vanderbilt or Colorado State, as there's elite talent on the offensive side of the ball and Mond is slowly getting his consistency down. Texas A&M will be able to have some success with the speed and playmakers, and let's not forget that the Aggies should be undefeated as well after blowing an insane second half lead against UCLA. Kyle Field is also one of the louder and tougher places to play in the country, and the Aggies have had a lot of success there over the recent years. This is treating the Aggies like they're some out of conference team the Tide should bury, and I have a little more respect than that. I'll take my free touchdowns.