Texas A&M Football: How to Watch the Ole Miss Game, Stats, and More
This November showdown at Kyle Field pits a Texas A&M football team without Trevor Knight against an Ole Miss Rebel team without Chad Kelly.
When this game was circled on the calendar during the preseason it looked to be match up of two of the marquee quarterbacks in the SEC. Unfortunately for both schools that won’t be the case.
Texas A&M will roll out Junior Jake Hubenak. Hubenak has played well in a few relief appearances over the past two seasons, and he was the starter in the Aggies bowl game in January. He came off the bench last week at Mississippi State and completed 11 of 17 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.
Ole Miss will turn to red-shirt freshman Shea Patterson. Coach Hugh Freeze has elected to “burn” Patterson’s red shirt and forgo an extra season of eligibility.
Patterson was last year’s top overall dual threat quarterback recruit. If anybody is worth the gamble it might be him. That being said, I don’t care how good a player you are, it’s not easy to make your college football debut on the road at a loud Kyle Field.
Location: College Station, Texas
Venue: Kyle Field
Time: 6:30pm CT
TV: SEC Network, WatchESPN
Betting Line: Texas A&M -10
Texas A&M Against the Spread this Year: 5-4
Want your voice heard? Join the Gig Em Gazette team!
Texas A&M: Playing in place of an injured Trevor Knight, Jake Hubenak: 23-38, 60.5% completions, 3 TD, 1 Int, 158.7 QBR
Ole Miss: Playing in place of an injured Chad Kelly: Shea Patterson: 0-0, 0% completions, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 QBR
Texas A&M: Trayveon Williams: 109 carries, 804 yards, 6 TD
Ole Miss: Akeem Judd: 115 carries, 556 yards, 5 TD
Texas A&M: Josh Reynolds: 35 catches, 671 yards, 7 TD
Ole Miss: Evan Engram: 53 catches, 775 yards, 7 TD
Texas A&M: Myles Garrett: 4 sacks, 9.5 TFL
Ole Miss: Marquis Haynes: 5 sacks, 8 TFL
Texas A&M: Justin Evans: 4 INT, 6 passes defended
Ole Miss: Zedrick Woods, 3 INT 2 passes defended
What They’re Saying
Tim Tebow thinks it’s a bad idea.
#BREAKING Shea Patterson will start for Ole Miss tomorrow vs. Texas A&M
"I'm 100% opposed" – @TimTebow
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 11, 2016
The Aggies opened as heavy favorites. That was after Chad Kelly had been announced as out for the year and Knight’s status was still uncertain.
The Vegas line opened as Texas A&M favored by 20 over Ole Miss. It's now dropped to Texas A&M favored by 10.
— Scotty Mac (@heyscottymac) November 11, 2016
Aggie student Newspaper had a full spread previewing the game this week.
— Olivia Adam (@oliviakerning) November 10, 2016
Last but not least, the Matthews family blew up a Rebel helmet with a real tank.
Special guests helped us turn an Ole Miss helmet into a crater CAUSE THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO TO ‘EM, AGS. https://t.co/wZ5lQNjcsi
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) November 10, 2016
Texas A&M has been an up and down team over the second half of the season. Injuries have played a large roll in that level of inconsistency. There’s no official report on Priest Willis or Myles Garrett, but even if they are unable to go the Aggies should still be favorites to win this game.
I don’t want to think about the repercussions of a loss to a freshman quarterback making his first college football start. Regardless of how good Patterson turns out to be, I don’t think we’ll get there. The Aggies should roll in all phases and control this one from the opening kickoff.
***Stats from ESPN, Sports Reference***
More from Gig Em Gazette
- Texas A&M Football: Q&A with the Ole Miss Rebels5h ago
- Texas A&M Football: Three Keys to Victory against Ole Miss10h ago
- Texas A&M Basketball: 2016 Season Tips Off Friday Against Northwestern State1 d ago
- Texas A&M Football: Ole Miss Presser2d ago
- Texas A&M Football: Aggies Hang Around in CFB Playoff Top 102d ago