The Texas A&M football team will try to extend their winning streak to five games with a contest at Ole Miss. Texas A&M is coming off of the heels of a dominant 20-3 victory against the Auburn Tigers, so confidence will be high for the team in Aggieland.
Unfortunately, Texas A&M will have to travel away from home for this one, which could lead to a closer contest than they had against Auburn.
At 7-2 on the year, Ole Miss is the 15th-ranked team in the College Football Playoff rankings. With a win here for Texas A&M, the Aggies could secure their third top-15 win of the season and two in the last eight days.
What advantages does the Texas A&M football team have over Ole Miss?
Ole Miss is an interesting team. Much like many modern-day college football teams, the Rebels have a really strong offensive attack, particularly in the passing game, and below-average defense.
Actually, “below-average” doesn’t begin to describe it. Out of Power Five teams, the Rebels are among the worst defensively, allowing 431.7 yards per game, which ranks them 104th in the nation. A large portion of these yards come on the ground, where Ole Miss allows opposing teams to rush for 194.3 per game.
A&M ranks in the top-40 in rushing yards per game, so this should be an area that Jimbo Fisher tries to expose.
It’s not all bad though. In fact, the Rebels are among the country’s best in terms of total offense, accumulating 524.2 yards of offense per game. At 237.9 yards per game on the ground, Texas A&M will have their hands full trying to stop Lane Kiffin’s rushing attack.
That said, they can’t take their eyes off of the passing game, either, as Ole Miss has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Matt Corral. On the year, Corral has 16 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions — he doesn’t make too many mistakes. If the Aggies can force him to turn the ball over, they’ll be in good shape.
Speaking of turnovers, Ole Miss as a whole does not turn the ball over much. On the year, they’ve only lost the ball eight times. Defensively they’ve accumulated 18 turnovers, so their turnover margin is in great shape. Whoever wins the turnover battle in this game will have a good chance of winning the contest.
Ole Miss only has two losses on the year, both of which came to ranked teams. The first loss was an ugly 42-21 drumming from Alabama — hard to blame them there. The second was a 31-20 loss against Auburn just a couple of weeks ago.
If the Aggies get this win, their already-slim chances of making the College Football Playoff will improve drastically.