Thanks to the expert college football picks you’re about to get on the Week 11 SEC showdown between visiting Ole Miss and rival Texas A&M, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on this intriguing affair. Okay, let’s get started.
Analyzing The Rebels at Aggies 2016 College Football Expert PicksWhen: Saturday, November 12 2016
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
NCAAF Odds: Mississippi -4
Bet The Texas A&M Aggies at +4 Because…The Texas A&M Aggies are a good bet because they can score the ball with the best teams in all of college football and are playing at home. Texas A&M (8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS) returns six starters from its 2015 squad but needs to replace three starters on the offensive line and will have a new starting quarterback in graduate transfer Trevor Knight, a dual-threat signal-caller that got beat out by Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma.
Knight will be A&M’s fourth different starting quarterback in four years, but he showed flashes of stardom by leading the Sooners to a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama in 2013 while throwing for over 2,300 yards in 2014. Knight will be challenged by junior Jake Hubenak, who made his only start last season in the Aggies’ Music City Bowl loss to Louisville.
Running back Keith Ford, another transfer from Oklahoma, is being counted on to take over as the starting running back and the Aggies have a solid group of wide receivers that is led by sophomore Christian Kirk who caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns as a true freshman, senior Josh Reynolds, an All-SEC selection two years ago and Ricky Seals-Jones who had 45 catches for 560 yards as a sophomore last season.
Defensively, Texas A&M returns seven starters and will be led by gifted junior All-America defensive end Myles Garrett and senior Daeshon Hall. The pair combined for 19.5 sacks in 2015 and could improve on that figure in 2016. The Aggies will need some solid play out of their new starting defensive tackles, Daylon Mack and Kingsley Keke and linebackers Otaro Alaka, the Defensive MVP of the 2014 Liberty Bowl and sophomore Richard Moore.
In the secondary, the Aggies are very solid after finishing fourth nationally in passing yards allowed (166.3 ypg). Safeties Justin Evans and Armani Watts are as good as any pair in the country while nickel back Donovan Wilson led the team with five interceptions a year ago. Former four-star recruit Priest Willis, who sat out last season after transferring from UCLA could turn out to be a star.
Bet The Mississippi Rebels at -4 Because…The Rebels look like a good bet because they have the best quarterback and defense in this SEC showdown. Mississippi (10-3 SU, 8-4-1 ATS) had a fantastic season in 2015 by recording 10 wins and being the only team in all of college football to beat national champion Alabama.
Now, head coach Hugh Freeze will look to lead his team to even greater heights, though he has to find replacements for a handful of stars that all went on t the NFL. Despite losing a whopping four offensive linemen starters and gifted wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss returns six starters on offense, including surprisingly gifted quarterback Chad Kelly, a player that threw for a stellar 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns last season.
Kelly loses blind side protector Laremy Tunsil, but the Rebels are expecting true freshman Greg Little to come in and start right away, though concerns still exist along the offensive line. At wide receiver, Ole Miss is looking for Washington transfer Damore’ea Stringfellow to improve on the 36 catches he recorded in his first season a year ago while getting a bigger contribution from senior tight end Evan Engram. Running backs Akeem Judd and Jordan Wilkins both averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry in backup roles last year and are expected to provide even more in 2016.
Defensively, Ole Miss lost a monster player in tackle Robert Nkemdiche and the return just five starters. Freeze must find a pair of new safeties and address what was a mediocre linebacker unit in 2015. Nevertheless, Ole Miss has recruited better than ever the last few seasons and has plenty of talent on the roster, even if they will be a bit inexperienced on the defensive side of the ball in 2016.
Expert Pick & Final Score PredictionOle Miss has won two straight while covering the spread in four straight against Texas A&M and will like them to make it three straight victories and five consecutive AT wins by taking down a Texas A&M squad that simply has too many question marks on both sides of the ball.
The Rebels have an elite quarterback in Chad Kelly and an outstanding defense that could give Knight and the Aggies’ offense problems in this contest. With Mississippi winning the last two meetings by 15 and 20 points respectively, this Week 11 SEC showdown looks like a near lock!