After a big week 1 showing for Texas A&M football—specifically on the offensive side—the Aggies are about to ratchet up the level of competition. Week 2 brings a trip to Coral Gables, Florida, to face off against the Miami Hurricanes.
Texas A&M Football vs. Miami Odds, Spread and Total
Here are the odds from Fanduel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: MIA: (+176) | TA&M: (-215)
Spread: MIA: +5.5 (-110) | TA&M: -5.5 (-110)
Total: 45.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
As you can see, though they are the road team in this game, the Aggies are still favored. Of the two teams, the Aggies definitely had the more impressive Week 1 showing, though both played relatively inferior opponents and both games were blowouts. Oddsmakers currently see this one somewhere in the neighborhood of a 27-17 or 24-20 Aggie win.
Texas A&M Football vs. Miami How to Watch
Date: September 9, 2023
Game Time: 3:30 PM ET/2:30 PM CT
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
How to Watch: ABC/ESPN3 or streaming
Texas A&M Record: 1-0
Miami Record: 1-0
Texas A&M Football vs. Miami Key Players to Watch
Both teams saw a couple of huge performances from known quantities in week 1 in addition to some breakout performances from new faces. Here are your players to watch for each team!
Tyler Van Dyke: The Hurricanes QB is coming off a down year, but under new OC Shannon Dawson, is hoping to parlay his considerable physical talent into first-day draft discussion once more. Van Dyke struggled last year at Kyle Field in this matchup, so he’ll certainly be looking for some retribution.
Leonard Taylor: Big number 56 in the middle of the Hurricane defensive line is by far the top draft prospect for Miami. He can be a true game wrecker at the position, so the Aggie OL will have their work cut out for them.
Kamren Kinchens: Another defensive stalwart for the ‘Canes, Kinchens is in the discussion for the top safety in the country. He’ll be looking to take advantage of the Aggie passing offense under the tutelage of new Miami DC Lance Guidry.
Colbie Young: Though Xavier Restrepo was the name to know last year, I have a feeling that Young could be the breakout performer at wideout for the Hurricanes in 2023. Tyreek Chappell will have a chance to show his stuff against this junior receiver.
Conner Weigman: This one shouldn’t come as a surprise to any Texas A&M football fans, or any fans who have been keeping up with the program at all. Weigman had a huge day against New Mexico, and is ready to continue his breakout on the national scene.
Amari Daniels: This is one that I think people might be sleeping on a bit. The Aggie run game was a bit quieter than the uber-explosive passing attack last week due to the Lobos completely selling out numbers-wise to stop the run. Give me the Miami native making a bigtime impression in his hometown.
Shemar Stewart: Another Miami kid, Shemar is sure to be ready for a huge homecoming on Saturday. Those who caught his Instagram Live after the last Miami matchup know this is one that means a lot to him, so he’ll be operating at a peak level here. I think he’ll be living in the backfield against the Hurricanes, five-star freshman offensive tackle or no.
Bryce Anderson: Lots of Aggie fans have this tabbed as the breakout year for Anderson, but Josh DeBerry stole his thunder in the first game. I think Bryce will make his impact pretty quickly in this matchup in both run support and defending the deep ball.
Texas A&M Football vs. Miami Prediction and Pick
This is an Aggie team that struggled mightily on the road (and, to be fair, at home as well) last year—but if the first game is any indication, last year is just a distant, painful memory at this point. Of course, Miami fans are hoping for a turnaround as well, and they have plenty of reason for optimism too. It’s not too often two teams face off in a premier non-conference matchup that are both in that position.
I’m impressed with Miami DC Lance Guidry and what he was able to accomplish at Marshall. I’m less impressed with Shannon Dawson. Based on style, I think this is a matchup tailor-made for Durkin, whereas I would only slightly lean towards Petrino in his face-off against Guidry (though in truth that might be more of a draw). It should also be said that talent favors the Aggies in this game. The Aggies sit at 73% former blue-chippers on their roster, while the Hurricanes have 61%.
For all these reasons, I’m taking the Aggies to win and cover. I think the Hurricanes will struggle to score and will settle for field goals more often than not. I’ll predict somewhere in the neighborhood of 34-16.