ESPN College GameDay team makes Texas A&M vs Arkansas predictions
Texas A&M’s No.7 football team is expected to be in the domestic spotlight relatively early in the season, when the team faces top-ranked Alabama in two weeks. But, before the end of September, the Aggies are in one of the best games of the week.
Texas A&M (3-0) faces No.16 Arkansas (3-0) on Saturday afternoon in the SEC opening game for both teams. The Razorbacks were predicted by most to finish last in the SEC West this season, so it’s a surprise they’re not only undefeated, but ranked at this point. And Sam Pittman’s club are playing well.
Still, the Aggies are the 5.5-pound favorites in the neutral site’s AT&T Stadium contest. This week, most of the national media predicted the Maroons and Whites would take the win, although many saw it was a close contest with the Aggies unable to cover the spread. Almost everyone who predicted A&M would win cited defense, which is No. 1 in the country in scoring and pass defense.
On Saturday morning, the ESPN College GameDay team made their predictions about the contest. And most of them also went with Texas A&M with three picking the Aggies and one with the Razorbacks.
“A&M Aggies,” Desmond Howard said, without any hesitation.
“Texas A&M”, celebrity guest coach Danica Patrick said quickly too.
“A&M. Take the minus – 48. Take the minus. A&M, defensive play,” Lee corso noted.
“Great defensive play. Old school, flashback. I’m going with Arkansas. I think they’re going to find a way to cause an upheaval here,” Kirk herbsreit noted.
Although he is not part of the selection jury, David Pollack went with Arkansas earlier on the show during the “Super Dog” game, in which hosts must predict an underdog to win.
The two teams will face off at 2:30 p.m. Central in a match broadcast on CBS. Texas A&M have won nine straight games against Arkansas, a streak that began when the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012. A&M looks to turn it into a double-digit winning streak as sophomore Zach Calzada is making his second career start as a quarterback. . In his first game last week, he threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns, having struggled against Colorado when he entered the game with an injury to Haynes King.