Texas A&M vs Arkansas: Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Game Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

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No. 23 Texas A&M during a key SEC West matchup against No. 10 with Arkansas, which will go a long way in determining which team can challenge Alabama for the division crown. The Aggies won 17-9 against then-No. 13 Miami checked its secondary on future NFL draft pick Tyler Van Dyke for much of the game. The Razorbacks, led by Missouri State and former coach Bobby Petrino, skated to a 10-point, fourth-quarter comeback to win 38-27.

A win for the Aggies over a ranked division foe, especially if their offense can pull it off, would go a long way to quieting fears in College Station, Texas. Was that what the Razorbacks were expecting when they battled an FCS opponent last week? May be. A loser of this team will wipe out any margin of error in the West, so consider this the biggest divisional rivalry of the young season.

Let’s preview the match-up and straight pickup against the spread.

Texas A&M vs. Arkansas: Need to know

Weaknesses and Weaknesses: The winner may come down to which team hides its problems better. The Razorback pass defense is the worst in the nation giving up 352.7 yards per game. That’s all the more remarkable because they lead the nation in sacks per game at 5.67 — a full sack per game ahead of second-place USC and Washington State. The secondary gets plenty of help from its front seven, and it’s still formidable.

The elixir may be Texas A&M’s passing offense, which is 99th in the nation in rushing average at 208 yards per game. Coach Jimbo Fisher made the quarterback switch from Haynes King to Max Johnson last week, and the only real impact was Johnson’s lack of interceptions in the win over Miami. However, he completed just 10 of his 20 passes for 140 yards, which aren’t exactly Heisman Trophy-caliber stats.

Will the real Max Johnson stand up? Johnson has been a solid starting quarterback at LSU for parts of the past two seasons, and he should show it on Saturday. He threw for 3,884 yards and 35 touchdowns in those two seasons and threw just seven picks in 18 games. That’s pretty solid, and enough to keep Texas A&M competitive in the SEC West. We didn’t see that last week against Miami.

Johnson doesn’t have to be Johnny Manziel or Kellen Mannt out there. However, he should provide enough of a threat downfield to keep defenses honest so they don’t stack the box to stop Devon Achen and Co.

War in the Trenches: The Razorbacks have their coach Sam Pittman’s identity. The former offensive line coach has built them into a line of scrimmage. They have given up just four sacks in three games and have a rushing attack led by tailback Raheem Sanders and quarterback KJ Jefferson.

We saw the Aggies defensively lead Appalachian State fall apart two weeks ago, and there’s no doubt Pittman will mirror the Mountaineers’ game plan, but Fisher has the personnel to make it even better unless he makes changes.

How to Watch Texas A&M vs Arkansas Live

Date: Saturday, September 24 | Time: 7 pm ET
Place: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, Texas
TV: ESPN | Live Stream: fuboTV (try it for free)

Texas A&M vs Arkansas Prediction, Picks

Special game | Texas A&M Aggies vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Give me pigs, give me big ones. Sanders, the SEC’s leading rusher, has been a terror in space on and off the tackles. He, along with Jefferson, would chip away at this defensive front and make a late exit. On the other side of the ball, a stout Razorback pass rush will take advantage of the struggling Aggies’ defensive line to push Johnson and the sticks back. That’s a recipe for disaster for Johnson and a passing game that has yet to show any signs of life. Prediction: Arkansas (+1.5)

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