Texas A&M-Ole Miss preview: Aggies have chance to bounce back against sliding Ole Miss

By Richard Badillo

After two consecutive losses, the Aggies have a chance to get back to winning ways as they take on Ole Miss. Texas A&M has shown improvement from last season but in order for their record to reflect that improvement they will likely need to win out. A win on Saturday would likely set up a chance to reach the 8-win mark when LSU comes to town in the regular season finale.

Here are three things to keep an eye on as the Aggies host the Rebels.

Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss details

Date: Nov. 10, 2018

Location: Kyle Field -- College Station, Texas

What channel is Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss on?

Texas A&M vs. Auburn will be broadcast on ESPN. It can also be streamed live on Watch ESPN at 11 a.m CT. 

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Texas A&M vs. Auburn preview

Big game from Trayveon Williams

Running back Trayveon Williams has been the MVP of the A&M offense this season. He totaled 186 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn’s stout front last week. Williams will have an easier test against an Ole Miss front that ranks 108th in the nation in run defense, allowing an average of 210 rushing yards per game. Freshman running back Jashaun Corbin — who had a career-high 10 carries last week — will likely get a lot of looks as well to ease the load off of Williams.

After consecutive subpar showings from quarterback Kellen Mond in the last two weeks, look for Williams to continue to be a factor in the passing game via screen passes. As was made clear in last week’s game against Auburn, Jimbo Fisher wants to get the ball in the hands of Williams as much as possible.

Ailing secondary needs to help front seven out

It can’t be overstated how good A&M’s front seven have been, especially in defending the run. The unit, which held Auburn to just 19 rushing yards, ranks second in the country allowing an average of just 81.4 yards per game this season.

The Texas A&M secondary has been almost the complete opposite, as the unit has been porous throughout the season. Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has averaged 333 passing yards a game and has weapons out wide at his disposal. The Aggies will likely be able to stall the Ole Miss run game, which will put pressure on the secondary to make plays.

Shore up special teams mishaps

After the unit had been solid all year and ranked among the country’s best, the Texas A&M special teams unit had some costly mishaps against Auburn last week. A 28-yard punt return, which could have been housed if punter Braden Mann didn’t make the tackle, set up a two-play game-winning touchdown drive for the Tigers.

Additionally, freshman kicker Seth Small has been a bit of a liability at times. That showed on Saturday as he missed a 36-yard field goal which would have extended the Aggie lead to 13. In the SEC, and especially against a team with as potent of an offense as Ole Miss, every yard matters. The Aggies will need to shore up their special teams play this weekend.

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