Get to know your opponent: Texas A&M Aggies

Tennessee is in College Station for a big SEC showdown with Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 9 Tennessee takes its 11-game winning streak on the road against No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.

Tennessee has the second longest active win streak in the FBS behind Alabama’s 17-game winning streak.

The Vols are 5-0 for the first time since the 1998 national championship season.

Texas A&M (5-0, 3-0 SEC) also enters Saturday’s game undefeated. Here’s what you need to know about the Aggies:

Editor’s Note: The AP Top 25 Poll was used for the rankings in this story.

Overview: Texas A&M is 5-0 for the third time in three seasons following a 24-13 win at South Carolina. The Aggies finished 8-5 in 2014 and 2015.

Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama enter Saturday as the SEC’s only undefeated teams.


Date: Oct. 8

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time


Site: Kyle Field

Stadium Capacity: 102,733 fans


Nickname: Aggies

2016 Record: 5-0 (3-0 SEC)

Coach: Kevin Sumlin

Series against UT: The Vols 2-0 in the all-time series against the Aggies. Tennessee beat Texas A&M 3-0 in the 1957 Gator Bowl and 38-7 in the 2005 Cotton Bowl.


Things to know about the Texas A&M Aggies

1. Tennessee has played Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight before: The Vols faced Knight when he played for the Oklahoma Sooners. Tennessee lost to Oklahoma 34-10 on Sept. 14, 2014.

Knight transferred to Texas A&M after he attended Oklahoma from 2013-2015.

In Oklahoma's 2014 win, Knight passed for 308 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another score.

Knight did not play in last season's double-overtime thriller at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee lost to Oklahoma by a final score of 31-24.

Through five games this season, Knight has been sacked only three times (36.2 pass attempts per game).

2. Texas A&M ranks No. 2 in the SEC with 258.6 rushing yards per game: Freshman running back Trayveon Williams averages 9 yards per carry on 54 rushing attempts for 487 yards. Williams has four rushing touchdowns this season.

Knight leads the SEC in rushing among quarterbacks with 392 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Knight averages 7.8 yards per carry.

Junior running back Keith Ford averages 5 yards per carry on 43 attempts for 213 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

3. Texas A&M has scored first in 42-of-57 games during Sumlin's tenure: The Aggies have a 34-8 record when they've scored first during Sumlin's tenure as head coach.

Texas A&M has allowed opponents to score first in four of their games this season, but they've won each (UCLA, Auburn, Arkansas and South Carolina). Entering the season, the Aggies were 3-8 in games that their opponent scored first.

Tennessee has scored first in only one game this season, which was against Ohio. The Ohio game was also the only game the Vols have scored a touchdown in the first quarter this season.

Here's how Tennessee has faired scoring broken down by quarter.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Overtime Total Score
Sept. 3 vs. Appalachian State 3 0 3 7 7 20
Sept. 10 vs. Virginia Tech* 0 24 7 14 N/A 45
Sept. 17 vs. Ohio 7 7 7 7 N/A 28
Sept. 24 vs. Florida 0 3 14 21 N/A 38
Oct. 1 @ Georgia 0 7 7 20 N/A 34
Totals 10 41 38 69 7 165
Average 2 8.2 7.6 13.8 7** 33
*Asterisk indicates neutral site            
**UT has played one overtime game so far this season            


4. Comparing Texas A&M's Myles Garrett to Tennessee's Derek Barnett: As a first team All-American, Garrett gets more national attention than Barnett. Both players are junior defensive ends.

Aggies junior defensive end Daeshon Hall is tied for the team lead with Garrett with three sacks each.

Here's a look at how Barnett compares to Garrett statistically.

5. College GameDay heads to Texas A&M: Texas A&M is 0-4 when hosting ESPN's College GameDay.

Since 1995, Tennessee is 9-11 in games with GameDay present.

Saturday marks the third time this season Tennessee has been featured on GameDay in five weeks. The Vols were featured on the pregame show for the Battle at Bristol and for their Sept. 24 matchup against Florida.

ESPN broadcasts the pregame show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern Time.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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