Auburn is the heavy favorite heading into Saturday’s matchup against Texas A&M. The Aggies will hope that after getting his first game action and another full week of practice, freshman QB Kyle Allen will be more comfortable running and executing the offense this week.
Both teams bring high-powered offenses into the matchup, and each have had defensive problems to differing degrees. For Texas A&M, the run defense will have to be much improved for them to have any thoughts about pulling off an upset. Auburn is the ninth best rushing offense in the country, and the Aggies sit at 89th in the nation in rushing defense.
On the other side, Auburn’s pass defense has been susceptible, ranking 97th in passing yards allowed. Texas A&M, which ranks seventh in passing yards per game, will have opportunities to get big plays through the air, and they will need to take advantage of those opportunities to have a chance at the upset.
Here are some key stats (national ranks in parentheses) for this matchup: