Ole Miss Seeks To Keep SEC Title Game Hopes Alive Against the Aggies
If Ole Miss wants to have any chance of playing in the SEC title game, the Rebels need to take care of business against visiting Texas A&M on Saturday. The Texas A&M vs Mississippi odds list the host Rebels as the favorites.
Ole Miss is just a game behind Alabama in the SEC West standings. However, the Rebels’ lone conference loss came to the Crimson Tide. Texas A&M is two games in back of Alabama and one behind both Ole Miss and LSU.
The Aggies have dropped both of their true road games this college football season, with Ole Miss 5-0 at home.
Ole Miss is listed by the college football odds and predictions as a three-point favorite. The Rebels lead the SEC with a 6-2 record against the spread this season.
Running back Le’Veon Moss is expected to play for Texas A&M, while receiver Raymond Cottrell is questionable with a foot injury after missing four of the last five games. Quarterback Conner Weigman continues to be sidelined with an ankle injury.
Ole Miss is without receiver Qua Davis.
The Rebels have won the last two games against Texas A&M and five of the previous eight.
Texas A&M was tied for fourth, and Ole Miss was sixth in the odds to win the SEC title coming into the NCAAF season. The odds for Ole Miss have gone from +4500 to +5000 with the odds for the Aggies moving from +1400 to +15000.
When it comes to the top NCAA football teams, Ole Miss is 10th in the American Football Coaches Association poll and 11th in the Associated Press poll. Texas A&M is not receiving votes in either poll.
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4, 12 noon ET
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
TV & Live Stream: ESPN
Line: Ole Miss -3 | Total: 53.5
Aggies Are Getting After the Quarterback
Texas A&M’s numbers so far during the 2023 NCAAF season are pretty mediocre, with the exception of sacks.
The Aggies are second nationally with 33 sacks in eight games, and that trails only James Madison’s total of 39. The Aggies are also second to JMU with 75 tackles for loss. They managed 70 TFLs in 12 games a season ago and just 19 sacks. Keep that in mind when looking at the Texas A&M vs Mississippi odds.
After finishing with 13.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in his first three seasons, linebacker Edgerrin Cooper has put up 15.5 TFLs and seven sacks so far this season. Only Arkansas and South Carolina have allowed more tackles for loss among SEC teams than the Rebels.
The total has gone under in four of Texas A&M’s last six NCAA football games.
Rebels Are Off and Running
No team at the Football Bowl Subdivision level starts games better than the Ole Miss Rebels.
Ole Miss is averaging 13.8 points in the first quarter of games, and that could come into play when it comes to the Texas A&M vs Mississippi odds.
The Rebels have outscored its opponents 58-21 in the opening quarter in each game during a four-game winning streak. They have trailed in the first quarter of games this season for less than seven minutes.
That has allowed the Rebels to turn to star running back Quinshon Judkins to control the game.
Ole Miss has covered in six of its last eight college football games.
Favored Ole Miss outscored Texas A&M 17-0 in the second and third quarters to build up a double-digit lead. A late touchdown run by Texas A&M’s Devon Achane made it a 31-28 final as the game landed on the three-point spread. That touchdown also pushed the game over the 55.5-point total. The previous seven games all finished under the total. The road team has won four of the last six games in the series.
Texas A&M vs Ole Miss Betting Preview
Texas A&M has dropped eight straight road games and a trip to Oxford, Mississippi might not be the best way to end that losing streak.
Last year’s game between the Aggies and Rebels featured a pair of running backs headed to 1000-yard seasons. Quinshon Judkins is back for Ole Miss and has topped 100 yards in three of his last four games. De’Von Achane of Texas A&M was tearing it up in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins before being injured. The leading rusher for the Aggies in 2023 is Le’Veon Moss with 387 yards and he missed last week’s win over South Carolina.
Ole Miss has covered in three of its four games as a home favorite with Texas A&M is 0-1 against the spread in its only contest in 2023 as the road underdog.
Since Texas A&M joined the SEC beginning in the 2012 season, the Aggies have faced Ole Miss in every year except 2020 and the 53.5-point total is lowest in this series.
One of the many differences between the teams is ball security. The Rebels lead the SEC with a +7 turnover margin with Texas A&M tied for last in the conference at -3 in turnover margin.
When looking at the NCAA football bowls schedule, Ole Miss is already bowl eligible with Texas A&M becoming bowl eligible with its next win.
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