No. 16 Texas A&M Looks To Bounce Back Against Prairie View

Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada (10) throws a pass against Mississippi during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada (10) throws a pass against Mississippi during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Prairie View A&M (7-2) at No. 16 Texas A&M (7-3), Saturday at noon EST (SECN).

Line: No line, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Texas A&M 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The Aggies will look to rebound from last week’s loss at Ole Miss that snapped a four-game winning streak when they take a break from SEC play with a game against FCS school Prairie View. The Panthers are coming off a loss to Alcorn State last week that ended a five-game winning streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas A&M’s running game vs. Prairie View’s defense. The Aggies have been running all over SEC defenses, so they should certainly have a big day on the ground against the Panthers. Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller is third in the SEC with 914 yards rushing and Devon Achane had 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns last week.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Prairie View: QB Jawon Pass, a graduate transfer from Louisville, ranks third in the SWAC in yards passing with a career-high 2,326 yards passing. He has 16 TD passes with seven interceptions this season.

Texas A&M: QB Zach Calzada looks to rebound after throwing a season-high two interceptions without a touchdown in last week’s loss. He hasn’t thrown a TD pass in the last two games after piling up seven in the previous three games combined.

FACTS & FIGURES

A&M got a 67-0 win in the first meeting in this series in 2016. ... Prairie View leads the West Division of the SWAC. ... These schools are located about 50 miles apart. ... The Panthers rank second in the SWAC by averaging 442.3 yards a game. ... Antonio Mullins leads Prairie View with 464 yards receiving. ... Texas A&M DL DeMarvin Leal is tied for fourth in the SEC with 6 ½ sacks and is 10th with 10 ½ tackles for losses. ... Ainias Smith is eighth in the nation and second in the league by averaging 11.7 yards a return. ... DL Tyree Johnson is third in the SEC with eight sacks. ... Texas A&M is 25-4 when scoring first and 23-0 when leading at the end of the first quarter.

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