No. 24 Texas A&M will host No. 13 Miami on Saturday in an SEC vs. ACC showdown under the lights of Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. This primetime game represents one of the best games on the Week 3 list, and it’s essential for both schedules. The unbeaten Hurricanes emerge from a 30-7 home win over Southern Miss as the program looks to turn the corner early with Mario Cristobal at the helm, while the Aggies were stunned at home last week in a 17-14 thwarted by Appalachian State.
This will be a game-breaking game for an Aggies team that can’t afford another loss before they even set foot in conference play. A defeat against the Canes will demoralize an already fragile team and could make it a lost season. Meanwhile, Miami is still looking for a return to national prominence. A win over Texas A&M won’t exactly signal that, but a loss, given Texas A&M’s current reputation, would likely make this current Miami team more of a contender than a contender.
Let’s break down Saturday night’s contest and make picks straight and against the spread.
Texas A&M vs. Miami: Need to Know
Will there be a change of QB? : It’s safe to say that, through four games as a starter since last year, Aggies signalman Haynes King has failed to live up to expectations. He has as many touchdowns as he has interceptions (five) and his timing seems to have been off in both games in 2022. Will coach Jimbo Fisher try to insert former LSU starter Max Johnson into alignment?indicate that he will.
That move could not only determine the outcome of Saturday’s game, but also the Aggies’ trajectory for the rest of the season.
Miami needs to start faster: The Hurricanes were down 7-3 to Southern Miss late in the first half before Henry Parrish Jr. scored their first touchdown of the game with 20 seconds left in the second quarter. Miami pulled away late, but it will be a whole different animal Saturday night at Kyle Field.
“I thought we started slow like we mentioned before, then at the end of the first half I think five of our last six practices we scored, although two were field goals. , then we had a punt,” coach Mario Cristobal said. “We missed a few practices that were self-inflicted situations and circumstances where we had a penalty that we could have avoided.”
It’s one thing to have a slow start at home against an overmatched team. It’s a whole other thing to have one on the road in prime time against a desperate team looking to get back on the national stage. It will be fascinating to watch how Miami tries to put quarterback Tyler Van Dyke in a groove early to avoid digging too big a hole.
Van Dyke vs. Aggie secondary: Texas A&M leads the SEC in pass defense (112.5 YPG), which was to be expected given the talent it has at the back. This secondary will have its toughest challenge of the year when it takes on Van Dyke. The second has completed 73.9% of his passes this year, averaging 9.7 yards per attempt. It will be interesting to see just how well Texas A&M defensive coordinator DJ Durkin knows Van Dyke is capable of taking control of the game with a clean pocket.
How to Watch Texas A&M vs. Miami Live
Date: Saturday September 17 | Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Kyle Field — College Station, Texas
TV: ESP | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Prediction Texas A&M vs. Miami, picks
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It’s going to come down to a battle of quarterbacks, and the winner of this battle is clear. Van Dyke is more talented, has better protection and more weapons on the outside than Johnson. Van Dyke and the Hurricanes offense will set the tempo, making this game play in the 30s. Texas A&M can’t hang on. Multiple errors from Texas A&M in the second half will not only give Miami the cover, but an outright victory. Prediction: Miami (+5.5)
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