Preview: Western Carolina at Texas A&M

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 14, 2015
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

With rumors regarding Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin's job security intensifying, the Aggies take a break from the rigors of the SEC schedule when they host Western Carolina on Saturday. Texas A&M has seen its once promising season go up in smoke with losses in three of its last four games.

Sumlin appears safe for now, but offensive coordinator Jake Spavital will be released after the season at the latest, according to a Fox Sports report. Who will play under center is a mystery as Texas A&M has started two quarterbacks this season - Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray - and even used junior college transfer Jake Hubenak. None have provided the answer as the Aggies have averaged just 16 points over their last four contests. Western Carolina is coming off a 48-10 thrashing of Furman in its home finale. 

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: N/A

ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA (6-3): This will be the second SEC team the Catamounts have faced this season, as Tennessee hammered them 55-10 in the third week of the season. This also is the longest road trip in program history for the Catamounts, who have won five of their last six contests. Troy Mitchell was named the Southern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 305 yards and three touchdowns while adding 55 yards and two scores on the ground last week.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (6-3): Murray took a hit to the head late in last week's loss and is questionable, but he may have been replaced regardless after throwing three interceptions in the contest. The Aggies already have clinched a bowl berth but, after Saturday's game, they finish the season at both Vanderbilt and LSU, which could either improve their resume drastically or spell doom for Sumlin. Tra Carson was a bright spot for Texas A&M last week, rushing for 109 yards on 21 carries, but the club is ranked 74th in the nation on the ground and have been unable to generate anything through the air lately.


1.  Allen, who started the first seven games of the season for the Aggies, was relegated to third team last week.

2.  The Aggies have finished third, fourth and sixth, respectively, in their first three seasons in the SEC and currently are in sixth place in the West.

3. This is the first meeting between the programs.

PREDICTION: Texas A&M 54, Western Carolina 10

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Western Carolina 6-3 W1 28.9 27.0 5-0 1-3 1-2 0-1 4-2
Texas A&M 6-3 L1 29.7 24.8 5-2 1-1 5-2 0-0 3-3

Last Meeting

Western Carolina Texas A&M
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TDs Player TD
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TAM K. Allen 56.8 1625 14 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TAM T. Carson 164 755 4.6 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TAM C. Kirk 54 706 13.1 4
TDs Player TD
TAM T. Carson 6

Quickchart Matchup

Western Carolina Off vs  Texas A&M Def
31 yards
403.2 yards
5.7 yards/rush
5 yards/rush
4.1 yards/attempt
6.3 yards/attempt
Texas A&M Off vs  Western Carolina Def
417.4 yards
49.7 yards
4.4 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
8.2 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Western Carolina Overall Texas A&M
6-3-0 W/L 6-3-0
0-1-0 ATS 4-5-0
1-0-0 O/U 4-5-0
28.9 Pts For 29.7
27.0 Pts Against 24.8
Western Carolina A/H Texas A&M
1-3 W/L 5-2
0-1-0 ATS 3-4-0
1-0-0 O/U 4-3-0
14.2 Pts For 33.7
35.2 Pts Against 25.6
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