Florida Gators (2-0) at Texas A&M Aggies (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kyle Field)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies +5.5 — Over/Under: 57.5
The Florida Gators and the Texas A&M Aggies meet in an SEC conference matchup in college football action from Kyle Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Florida Gators enter this game looking to build off of a 38-24 win over South Carolina in their last game. Kyle Trask has thrown for 684 yards, 10 touchdowns and 1 interception on 71.8% passing while Dameon Pierce leads the Gators in rushing with 105 rushing yards and Kyle Pitts leads the Gators in receiving with 12 grabs for 227 yards and 6 touchdowns. Kadarius Toney also has 11 grabs for 145 yards and 2 scores this season. Defensively, Ventrell Miller leads the Gators with 21 total tackles including a team-high 17 solo tackles while Brandon Cox Jr. and Zachary Carter each have a team-high 1.5 sacks for the Gators while Gervon Dexter has Florida’s lone interception this season.
The Texas A&M Aggies will try to bounce back from their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 52-24 loss to Alabama last time out. Kellen Mond has thrown for 507 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception on 58.3% passing while Isaiah Spiller leads A&M in rushing with 142 rushing yards and Ainlas Smith has a team-high 150 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns out of the backfield with a rushing score as well. Jalen Wydermyer has a team-high 10 catches for 101 yards and Chase Lane has 100 receiving yards for the Aggies as well. Defensively, Buddy Johnson leads the Aggies with 19 total tackles including 10 solo tackles while Micheal Clemons has 2.5 sacks this season.
Florida is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games as a road favorite. Texas A&M is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss.
The points are tempting as the two meetings since A&M joined the SEC have been decided by a combined 5 points. However, Florida’s simply been the better team in two games this season, and while you can argue that A&M’s loss to Alabama is excusable, the play from Kellen Mond needs to be better to give the Aggies a shot even at home. I’m not sure I’m a believer in Florida’s top-5 ranking just yet, but Kyle Trask has been playing extremely well to start the year and the Gators look really good once again and could push for a double-digit win total, even in a condensed schedule, which would be the third in as many years under Dan Mullen. Home dogs in a conference rivalry are tempting but I think Florida wins this one by a touchdown so I’ll lay the points with the Gators here.