COLLEGE STATION Texas A&M
Players to watch - Offense
Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans draws a lot of attention which means other guys have to step up. One player that has done that is wide out Derel Walker. He is third on the team with 24 catches. Walker has 336 receiving yards but is still looking for his first touchdown of the season. A score from Walker Saturday would help the Aggies cause.
Players to watch - Defense
On the defensive side of the ball keep, an eye on frehman linebacker Darian Claiborne. He has recoded 32 tackles this season including four tackles for loss. Claiborne picked off his first pass as an Aaggie last week against Ole Miss. He will need to play well again Saturday as the Aggies face an Auburn offense that is similair to Ole Miss.
Keys to the Game - Aggies
The Texas A&M offense needs to get off to a fast start Saturday and give the Aggie fans something to cheer about. They will be looking to get into this game quickly after spending the last three weeks away from Kyle Field. The Aggies have scored touchdowns on their first drive in five straight games.
The Aggie defense made some big plays in the win against Ole Miss but they still need to be better against the play action. The team has given up some big plays on play action this season so expect the Tigers to try and cause some confusion Saturday.
Ttexas A&M is tied for second in the SEC with a plus four in turnover margain. The Aggies have scored 48 points off tunovers this season. If they can take the ball away from Auburn Saturday and put points on the scoreboard it will be big.
Players to watch - Offense
The Auburn offense leads the SEC in rushing with 287 yards per game. Running back Tre Mason leads that attack with 515 yards rushing this season. He has scored seven touchdowns. Mason can also get involoved in the passing game. He has 9 catches for 107 yards.
Players to watch - Defense
Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy is a player to watch Saturday. He is third on the team in tackles with 24. McKinzy has recorded three tackles for loss and a sack and a half.
Keys to the game - Tigers
The Auburn defense likely won't stop Johnny Manziel but they can try to contain him and try to slow down the Aaggie offense. The Tigers are tied for third in the SEC wih 16 sacks this season.
Aauburn is putting up 474 yards per game and they do it by staying fairly balanced. The Tigers avergae 287 yards rushing and 187 yards passing. A balanced attack could keep the Aggie defense guessing Saturday.
If Auburn can keep this game close going into the fourth quarter they should feel good about their chances to win. On the year the Tigers have outscored their opponents 36-13 in the fourth quarter.
The Texas A&M football team enters Saturday's game with some momentum after beating Ole Miss last week 41-38 in Oxford. The Aggies scored 10 points in the final six minutes of the game capped off by Josh Lambo's 33 yard field goal on the final play of the game. It was the second straight road win for the Texas A&M. They beat Arkansas 45-33 in Fayetteville back on Sepetmber 28. Now, the team is ready to be back home and take the field Saturday for game one of a four game homestand.
"It is really good. It is always a pleasure going on the road and playing but you would much rather be home to get a good experience,' said Aggie running back Ben Malena.
"It is a great feeling because it is a great feeling to play on the road but you learn really quickly how much you miss home as soon as you go on the road so it will be really fun to get back to the fans. Of all the stadiums I have been to Alabama was rocking last year but I know I am biased but Kyle Field I still think is the best," said Aggie wide reciever Travis Labhart.
Aubrun comes to College Station with a 5-1 record under new head coach Guz Malzahn. The fomrer Tigers offensive coordinator came back to Auburn after spending one year as the head coach at Arkansas State. What he has done this season has been impressive but the way the Tigers play Saturday against a top 10 on the road will give Malzahn a good idea of just where his program stands.
"It is a huge game for us this year, and it is a completely different deal than it was last year. It is a big one. Our guys are going to be extremely excited to play this one, and it is a huge challenge for us. It is kind of one of those measuring sticks, another measuring stick for our program and where we are at this year," said Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn.
Saturday is the fourth ever meeting between Texas A&M and Auburn. The Tigers are making their first ever trip to Kyle Field. The Aggies rolled past Aubrun 63-21 last season at Jerden Hare Stadium. The previous two meetings came in Dallas. Texas A&M won 16-0 in 1911 and beat the Tigers 36-16 in the 1986 Cotton Bowl.
The 12th man for Saturday's game will be Sam Moeller. He has worn the number 12 for all six games this season. Moeller has recorded three tackles this year. He is a sophomore defensive back from San Antonio.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.