The air was let out of Texas A&M’s season a little last week when the Aggies lost their starting quarterback and the game. Just days after filling the No. 4 position in the first College Football Playoff rankings, Texas A&M was eliminated from the SEC Championship Game race and likely the national title hunt.
The Aggies will be in front of their home crowd Saturday against Ole Miss. Texas A&M won’t be the only team starting a new quarterback. The Rebels will trot out freshman Shea Patterson, who will make his first appearance of the season after Chad Kelly was lost to a season-ending knee injury.
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 11 matchup.
What time is kickoff?
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
What TV channel is showing Ole Miss-Texas A&M?
SEC Network is televising the game and you can watch it online at Watch ESPN. Also, you can listen to the game on SiriusXM 83/190.
Who is calling the game for SEC Network?
Brent Musburger is handling play-by-play, Jesse Palmer is the game’s analyst and Kaylee Hartung is sideline reporter.
3 things you should know
1. All eyes will be on Patterson. The freshman quarterback was expected to redshirt this season. He hasn’t played a down all season with Kelly leading the Rebels. Redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin replaced Kelly last week after the injury. He completed one pass for 19 yards and also threw an interception against Georgia Southern. Patterson arrived in Oxford as a 5-star prospect out of IMG Academy but from Shreveport, La. He’s considered the future at the position and will be watched closely today.
2. Patterson isn’t the only new face taking snaps today. Actually, Jake Hubenak isn’t a new face, just a new starter for the Aggies. Trevor Knight’s injury thrust Hubenak into the first last week. He completed 11-of-17 passes for 222 yards, two TDs and an interception. The junior has played in three games this season and is 23 for 38 for 350 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception.
3. The Rebels are in jeopardy of not playing in a bowl game this season. At 4-5, they need some wins. The Aggies’ playoff hopes were all-but dashed last week, but they still hold the No. 8 spot in this week’s rankings. But Alabama remains No. 1 and owns a win against the Aggies. Then there’s Auburn. If the Tigers beat Georgia today and beats Alabama in the Iron Bowl, the Tigers likely will jump Texas A&M even if the Aggies win out. Either way, it’s a no-win situation for their playoff hopes this season.