No. 13 Kentucky, Texas A&M meet for first time in 65 years
No. 13 Kentucky (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1 SEC), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).
Line: Texas A&M by 5.
Series record: Tied 1-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Wildcats seek their first 6-0 start since beginning 10-0 in 1950. They can also become bowl eligible with a win and keep pace with No. 2 Georgia in the SEC East. The Aggies seek consecutive conference victories after beating Arkansas 24-17 last week.
Aggies QB Kellen Mond vs. Kentucky’s pass rush. The sophomore has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,221 yards and seven touchdowns against four interceptions. He’ll face a Wildcats defense that sacked South Carolina’s Jake Bentley four times and intercepted three passes. Kentucky has registered nine of its 12 sacks in league play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kentucky: LB Josh Allen. The senior leads the SEC with six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He had eight tackles (four for loss), three sacks, a forced fumble and quarterback hurry against South Carolina to earn conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Texas A&M: RB Trayveon Williams. The Aggies junior is second to Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. in SEC rushing with 582 yards on 96 carries and six TDs. He bounced back from 31-yard effort against top-ranked Alabama to gain 152 and score twice on 29 attempts against Arkansas.
FACTS & FIGURES
Texas A&M edged Kentucky 7-6 in the last series meeting in 1953. The Wildcats visit College Station for the first time since 1952. … Legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant guided both Kentucky (1946-53) and A&M (1954-57) before heading to Tuscaloosa. … Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s defensive coordinator at Florida State from 2010-12. … The Wildcats rank third in SEC total defense at 287.8 yards per game and are tied for sixth in sacks with 12. … The Aggies are third in SEC offense at 511.8 yards per game.
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