Texas A&M and Auburn have combined for 10 straight losses, but one of them will leave Jordan-Hare Stadium with a well-deserved victory on Saturday. The losing team, however, won’t even be able to achieve the six wins needed for bowl eligibility.
With his loss to Florida last week, Texas A&M lost five straight games for the first time since 1980. Considering the Aggies started the season in the top 10, it’s hard to believe they’re in that position. Now Texas A&M is struggling just to reach a bowl game this season. If it is to achieve this objective, he can no longer afford to misstep. That makes this game against Auburn a must win for the plummeting Aggies.
For all the parallels between these two, the Tigers’ situation is remarkable in that they seemed to get some energy from interim coach Cadillac Williams last week. Auburn showed plenty of fighting in their overtime loss to Mississippi State, and the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd will be delighted to support Williams in his first home game in office. It’s been a year to forget for the Tigers, but they can get a momentous win over Texas A&M.
How to watch Texas A&M vs. Auburn live
Date: Saturday November 12 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn, Alabama
TV: SEC Network | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Three players to watch
Bigsby Reservoir, Auburn RB: The Tigers have had a lot of problems this season, but Bigsby, a workaholic in the backfield, isn’t one of them. Even in last week’s loss to Mississippi State, Bigsby averaged 6.8 yards per carry for 89 rushing yards and a touchdown. With legendary running back Auburn Williams now the interim coach, he can try to get the ball to Bigsby early and often at home.
Evan Stewart, Texas A&M WR: Texas A&M’s passing attack didn’t exactly set the world on fire in 2022, but Stewart showed why he’s a five-star recruit in the 2022 signing class. Stewart made a huge impact as a true student of first year, already emerging as the team’s main target in the passing game. During the season, Stewart caught 46 passes for 598 yards and two touchdowns. Just last week, Stewart had eight catches for 120 yards in the Aggies’ loss to Florida.
Derick Hall, Auburn EDGE: Hall will likely be playing in the NFL in the near future, and he’s put up some good numbers as a senior. Hall leads the Tigers in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (6.5), and has the chance to set new career highs in the final games of 2022. Against an Aggies offense that underperformed Throughout the year, Hall has the opportunity to put even more big plays on tape for NFL scouts.
Prediction Texas A&M vs Auburn
Odds via Caesars Sportsbook
When two teams in deep funk go head-to-head, it can be hard to know which one will put the best foot forward. The Aggies may be able to field more talent than the Tigers, but that doesn’t matter in losses to Mississippi State and Caroline from the south. On the other side, Auburn seems to have adopted Williams as their interim coach, and that must mean something for a team that has every reason to prepare for the final games. I think Williams and Auburn do the homework. Prediction: Auburn -1.5
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