League : NCAAF

COLORADO vs TEXAS A&M Prediction & Preview



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Fifth-ranked Texas A&M heads to the Rockies to face Colorado in a big non-conference affair. While the game is technically being played at the neutral site of Empower Field at Mile High it is in Denver, so the Buffalos may have some home-field advantage.

Texas A&M has legit title hopes this season and they had no problems in their season opener with a blowout win over Kent State. They racked up a ton of yards in the game and they have a solid ground attack, aerial attack, and defense.

Colorado also had an easy go of it in their season opener crushing Northern Colorado. This is their first game facing a ranked opponent and in three of their next four games facing teams that are currently in the top 25.


Slow Start, Fast Finish

Texas A&M was at home in their season opener beating Kent State 41-10 where they were only up 10-3 at the half but scored 31 points in the second half.




The win was pretty impressive considering Kent State is a team that came into the season with a dynamic offense. The team racked up nearly 600 yards of balanced offense and they won easily despite the fact they had five turnovers.

Freshman QB Haynes King did pass for 292 yards and two TDs but he was also picked off three times. Ainias Smith and Caleb Chapman combined for 12 receptions and 191 receiving yards and this duo will be a handful for the Colorado secondary. Devon Achane led the team in the Kent State game rushing for 124 yards with 64 coming on one carry and Isaiah Spiller rushed for 113 yards averaging 6.6 yards per carry. The Aggies have covered the spread in 14 of their last 17 non-conference games and head into this game as a big favorite and with good reason having a stacked team.


Killing It on the Ground

In their season opener, Colorado was at home and they beat Northern Colorado 35-7 where they rushed for 281 yards. They only outgained Northern Colorado by 127 yards but their third and fourth down defense was great. Look for them to run the ball early and often against Texas A&M, who easily won their first game but still gave up 226 rushing yards. 
In the win over Northern Colorado, Jarek Broussard rushed for 91 yards averaging 6.6 yards per carry and three other players had at least 40 rushing yards. Freshman QB Brandon Lewis was one of those players and he also was 10/15 for 102 yards with a TD and was not picked off. While the Buffaloes easily won the game and only gave up 20 rushing yards they gave up 236 passing yards and were penalized 12 times for 118 yards. They have to be more disciplined in this game, as they cannot give free yards to the Aggies.

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