This high-profile matchup features the top two running backs in the SEC. Williams is second in the league in total yards and will look to add on to his 582 yard, six touchdown season on Saturday night at Kyle Field. The junior totaled 152 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s game against Arkansas to carry the Aggies to victory, as A&M’s passing game struggled to get anything going. Williams will be going up against a more talented and veteran defense with a stout front seven this week. He is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 116 yards per game, however did not fare well against Clemson and Alabama. Williams will be eager to put his talent on display this weekend and show that he can be depended on in a big-time game.
Benny Snell Jr.
Snell is the SEC’s leading rusher, totaling 639 yards and eight touchdowns. The junior has averaged 125 yards per game this season and has already put up monster performances against Florida (175 yards) and Mississippi State (165 yards, four touchdowns). One of the biggest matchups in this game will be Snell against Texas A&M’s top-ranked SEC run defense. Snell is not an easy back to get on the ground, so the Aggie’s front seven will have to tackle with discipline. Whichever team comes out victorious on Saturday night will likely have their star running back to thank.
Aggie fans will be hoping their talented sophomore quarterback can get his season back on track this weekend at Kyle Field. Mond struggled last week at AT&T Stadium, throwing for only 201 yards, no touchdowns, and two bad interceptions. Things will not get any easier this week, as Kentucky is the top-ranked pass efficiency defense in the country. The Wildcats also have a solid pass rush, so Mond will need to make plays with his legs at times. The Aggie quarterback should take what Kentucky gives him early in the game, while finding tight end Jace Sternberger underneath and taking shots downfield when presented with the opportunity.
The sophomore is A&M’s leading wide receiver this season, with 278 yards, however, is yet to find the end zone. With Jhamon Ausbon out for an indefinite amount of time after having foot surgery this weekend, Buckley will need to step up and lead a position group that has been fairly quiet since playing Clemson in week two. The Aggies have plenty of young and talented pass catchers to choose from, like Kendrick Rogers, who needs to conjure up an effort like he did against Clemson, Sternberger, who will be looking to add on to his breakout season at tight end, and Quartney Davis, who is always capable of making big plays.
The senior Wildcat pass rusher is off to a hot start this season, and leads the SEC with six sacks. The Aggies rank last in pass protection in the SEC, after allowing 17 sacks in the first five games this year. Not to mention, Allen is coming off an eight tackle, three sack game against South Carolina. All that adds up to bad news for the Aggies, and if the offensive line does not step up to the challenge, Allen could be a game wrecker all night.
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