Mississippi State Football: No. 15 Texas A&M Preview

Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1 SEC) staged yet another late comeback last Saturday against a Louisiana foe, but the efforts fell short as LSU (3-1, 1-0 SEC) held on for a 28-25 win at Davis Wade Stadium.

The Bulldogs now hit the road to College Station to try and end a two-game skid. No. 15 Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) is also coming off a loss, dropping a 20-10 decision to upstart Arkansas. The contest kicks off from Kyle Field at 6:00 PM CT on the SEC Network.

Taking a look at No. 15 Texas A&M

The Aggies had high expectations coming into this season following a 10-win campaign a year ago. Zach Calzada has taken the reigns and struggled in a pair of starts after an injury to starting QB Haynes King.

The sophomore signal-caller has only completed 53% of his passes in three games. Calzada has thrown for 609 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Running backs Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane lead the way in the Aggie backfield. Spiller has 52 carries for 345 yards as the lead back, with Achane adding 227 yards on 35 carries. Ainias Smith and Jalen Wydermyer are also crucial factors to watch at the receiver position.

Defensively, defensive back Antonio Johnson anchors the backend with a team-leading 26 tackles. Aaron Hansford has been dynamic at linebacker for the Aggies’ stout defense, racking up 23 tackles and two sacks on the young season.

Veteran lineman DeMarvin Leal and defensive back Demani Richardson are tied for third on the team in tackles with 18 apiece.

Similar to Mississippi State, the defense has been the calling card through four games. The Aggies are only allowing 9.3 points and 290.3 yards per game.

Prediction

State pulls the upset in a low-scoring affair in College Station. Makai Polk continues his strong season with a touchdown reception.

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Prediction
Mississippi State Bulldogs
20
Texas A&M Aggies
13