It’s been a season to remember so far for No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Tennessee, but one team will take a hit on Saturday when the two unbeatens go toe-to-toe in College Station.
For the winner, however, will be sky-high expectations and the beginning of a hype machine counting down the days to a showdown against No. 1 Alabama.
Either way, it should be a classic on Saturday. ESPN’s College GameDay will be in town and the eyes of college football will be beaming down on Kyle Field to see the battle between the Aggies and the Vols.
Here is what a few national media outlets are saying about the big game:
- Tennessee enters Saturday coming off a thrilling win at Georgia that ended on a miraculous Hail Mary as time expired. With several close calls in the first part of the season, luck has certainly been kind to Butch Jones’ team, and maybe that’s a sign of things to come. FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel shares his thoughts.
- As for Texas A&M, the Aggies are in familiar territory. Kevin Sumlin’s team has sat at 5-0 in each of the past two seasons, but Texas A&M squandered early season momentum both times. Can the Aggies get over the hump and be a legitimate contender in the SEC West? ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. breaks down both sides of the argument.
- The late-season success of Texas A&M not only impacts its title hopes, but potentially the future of Sumlin as the Aggies’ coach as well. There’s no denying he entered the season on the hot seat, but another hot starts has certainly cooled those discussions, writes CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
- One key for Tennessee this season has, of course, been the play of quarterback Josh Dobbs. His performances haven’t been perfect by any means, but he’s found a way to get the job done when it matters most. For the Vols’ magical run to continue, Dobbs will have continue to pull Tennessee, according to Steve Megargee of the Associated Press.