Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) at Clemson Tigers (1-0)
NCAA Football: Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
Lines and Odds: Clemson -17 – Over/Under: 64.5
Free CFB Pick Texas A&M Aggies vs Clemson Tigers
The Texas A&M Aggies will travel to South Carolina and take on the defending champions, the Clemson Tigers, in a battle that will most likely have College Football Playoff implications later in the season. The Aggies rolled over the Texas State Bobcats 42-7 to begin their season 1-0, and immediately have to put an undefeated season on the line against the number one team in the nation. Quarterback Kellen Mond had a superb outing throwing three touchdowns and rushing for one last week and didn't have the need to surpass 200 passing yards. Running backs Isaiah Spiller and Jashaun Corbin combined for 209 yards on the ground, with each breaking the 100-yard mark. Corbin led the way in carries with 22 and was responsible for one of two Aggies' rushing touchdowns in what was his first start.
Mond will certainly be asked to throw the ball against an inexperienced Tigers defense, and shouldn't have trouble doing so with a loaded offense.
"He's going to have to play well, but everybody's going to have to play well. And one of the reasons he had that performance was the guys around him played well," states head coach Jimbo Fisher of Mond's performance against Clemson last year and the support he had. Mond threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns. "They made catches, they made runs, they blocked. They did those things and he made the plays. But Kellen's a leader. He needs to play well for us and the decisions that are being made. Make great decisions, be accurate with the ball.
Clemson's defensive coordinator Brent Venables was firm on his evaluation of Mond.
"We won't see anyone better than him all year".
The Clemson Tigers pounced on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 52-14 last week. After recovering from an early fumble, running back Travis Etienne hammered the Yellow Jackets' defense for 205 yards and three rushing touchdowns while averaging 17 yards a carry. The Tigers rushed for 411 yards as a team while QB Trevor Lawrence added 24 of his own along with a TD. Wide receiver Tee Higgins also extended a touchdown streak to five games as he finished with four catches for 98 yards.
Lawrence put up pedestrian numbers through the air, going 13-23 for 168 yards and a TD with two interceptions. After a sensational rookie campaign, Lawrence understands the need to improve quickly before the critics arise.
"I am pretty hard on myself, but I see the big picture," Lawrence says. "I didn't play my best, but we won the game."
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