It’s Week 9 of the 2016 season and the college football schedule brings us one of the nation’s top teams in Texas A&M against one of the not-so-good ones in New Mexico State.
Ninth-ranked Texas A&M (6-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, a 33-14 setback against No. 1 Alabama. New Mexico State fell to Georgia Southern last week, 22-19, to fall to 2-5 on the season.
The game on Saturday between the two Aggies will be the first time the two programs have played football. Here’s what you need to know about catching the matchup:
What time is kickoff?
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kyle Field at College Station, Texas
What TV channel is showing the game?
ESPNU is televising the game. Also, you can listen to the game on SiriusXM 113/192 through the Texas A&M Radio Network.
Who is calling the game for ESPNU?
Anish Shroff is handling play-by-play and Ahmad Brooks is the game’s analyst.
3 things you should know
1. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has 28 career sacks, which is tied for ninth in SEC history. With two more to hit 30, he’ll be in sole possession of seventh place on the list, behind Reggie White, Tennessee (32); Alex Brown, Florida (33); David Pollock, Georgia (36); Ben Williams, Ole Miss (37); Billy Jackson, Mississippi State (49); and Derrick Thomas, Alabama (52).
2. The Aggies have been excellent at home against nonconference opponents. They’ve won 21 consecutive games at Kyle Field, with the last loss against a nonconference team coming Sept. 20, 2008, to Miami (41-23).
3. QB Trevor Knight is 18th in the country in total offense (second in the SEC to Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly), averaging 312.9 yards per game. He’s thrown for 1,664 yards and 11 TDs and has 526 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. Only three quarterbacks in the country have run for more yards than Knight this season.