Texas A&M is in the spotlight.
Like it or not.
The Aggies found themselves ranked No. 4 in season’s first College Football Playoff standings. They have Mississippi State today, Ole Miss next week and LSU in the final game of the regular season to prove to voters they are playoff worthy.
The Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3 in the SEC) have a difficult run to becoming bowl eligible. Their final four-game run begins with A&M and is followed by a trip to No. 1 Alabama, Arkansas and at Ole Miss.
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 10 matchup.
What time is kickoff?
When: Saturday, Noon ET
Where: Davis-Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
What TV channel is showing the game?
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?
Dave Neal is handling play-by-play, John Stinchcomb is the game’s analyst and Olivia Harlan is sideline reporter.
3 things you should know
1. The Aggies have been solid on the road under Kevin Sumlin. How good? They are 21-8 away from Kyle Field — 14-7 in true road matchups since 2012. One of those losses came to the Bulldogs in Starkville, a 48-31 loss to Dak Prescott-led MSU in 2014.
2. Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald looks better each week. Yes, last week’s 56-41 victory came against Samford, but Fitzgerald’s performance was impressive. He ran for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 417 yards and 5 scores. He’s averaging 187.0 passing yards per game with 14 TDs and 7 interceptions. He’s run for 657 yards (82.1 per game) and 6 TDs. Expect A&M to get after Fitzgerald early and often.
3. Fitzgerald will have to be excellent because the Aggies bring one of the nation’s top offenses to Starkville. They average 498.8 yards per game (16th in the country) and 38.4 points. Trevor Knight has 1,868 passing yards and 13 TDs to go along with 529 rushing yards and a team-best 9 TD runs. Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds both have 6 TD receptions and Kirk has returned two punts for scores (both last week vs. New Mexico State). That’s not all: RB Trayveon Williams averages 97.0 yards per game on 7.8 yards per carry with 6 touchdowns.