A win last weekend was sorely needed for Texas A&M football fans. The Aggie faithful had been given to three consecutive weeks of despairing after losing back-to-back games against Alabama and Tennessee, followed by the bye week. Yes, it was just South Carolina, but I think the Ags did enough in that game to restore an admittedly shaky and sparse confidence throughout the fanbase. No longer does this upcoming game seem so insurmountable; in fact, I’ve seen quite a few predictions for the Ags to outright win! Let’s see what oddsmakers are thinking:
Texas A&M Football vs. Ole Miss Odds, Spread and Total
Texas A&M football has not yet won as an underdog this season; nor, of course, have they won on the road. In fact, Texas A&M football has yet to beat a ranked road opponent under Jimbo at all. These are not streaks that portend good returns, but, as we have learned this year, you have to analyze each game individually rather than relying on historical trends.
Texas A&M Football vs. Ole Miss How to Watch
Date: November 4, 2023
Game Time: 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS
How to Watch: ESPN or streaming
Texas A&M Record: 5-3
Ole Miss Record: 7-1
Texas A&M Football vs. Ole Miss Key Players to Watch
Here’s who to keep your eye on for each team:
Jaxson Dart: The QB for the Rebels is a sneaky good runner, but definitely a more skilled downfield passer than, say, Joe Milton. The Aggies have faced better pure passers in Rattler and Van Dyke, and a signal caller more talented with the long ball in Jalen Milroe, but they have yet to see a player with the combo of passing and running talent that Dart has.
Dayton Wade: Maybe the best pure receiver on the roster for the Rebels, Wade is a guy the secondary for Texas A&M football needs to be aware of at all times. He can go up and get it as well as gain yards after the catch, so look for the Rebs to not only throw him screens, but several bombs as well.
Jared Ivey: The leader of a defensive line that is second in the conference in opponent-adjusted sack rate. Containing Ivey will be a tall task for this Aggie OL; luckily, it seems tackle Trey Zuhn is beginning to round into form.
Le’Veon Moss: Moss was recovering from injury this past week, so Daniels and Owens got most of the carries. Le’Veon is the most complete of the Aggie backs, and Vanderbilt seemed to find a few holes on the ground against this Rebel defense; so you’d hope that Moss can do the same.
Edgerrin Cooper: For all the accolades Coop has been racking up, this may be his toughest challenge yet. This is a system that really stresses linebackers, but Coop has now seen it several years in a row. He’ll be key in slowing down the Rebels.
Shemar Turner: I could pick any number of the Aggie defensive linemen here, but I picked Turner because of the propensity that Kiffin has for outside runs. Setting the edge will be crucial, and Shemar is more than likely the man for the job there.
Texas A&M Football vs. Ole Miss: Prediction and Pick
For all the airs of an uptempo, high-velocity offense that many Aggie fans have regarding Ole Miss, I think this game will be a bit of a slog, similar to the Tennessee game. The front seven for Texas A&M football should be able to control the Rebs for the most part, and though Ole Miss can create some havoc up front, they’re not as good as the Vol defense that the Aggies recently faced. I’m choosing optimism, as I said yesterday—give me Texas A&M football winning by a score of 24-17.