• When/where: 6 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field
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• TV/radio: ESPN2, KMBZ (980 AM and 98.1 FM)
• The series: Texas A&M leads 7-5
• The line: Texas A&M by 22
What’s at stake
For Missouri, a bowl bid, and possibly more. After a crushing loss to Syracuse last week, the Tigers need a strong performance to restore the fanbase’s faith in the team’s direction. A poor effort might lead some to think the coaching staff has lost the players. Texas A&M, meanwhile, has a chance at its first 10-win season since 1998.
Cheers if ...
Missouri comes out and makes a game of it. Nobody is expecting the Tigers to go on the road and beat the Aggies, but a strong effort would show that the Tigers were perhaps a few injuries away from being 7-5 this season and not 5-7.
Jeers if ...
Missouri gets blown out. The Tigers have won in College Station in each of the last two years, so they shouldn’t be intimidated by one of college football’s best atmospheres. The Tigers have the talent to make a game of it, especially with the return of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who served a one-game suspension last week.
Three things about Texas A&M
1 Coach Kevin Sumlin’s nine wins are the most of any first-year Aggie head coach.
2 Star quarterback Johnny Manziel faced three of the nation’s top five teams in total defense this season (Alabama, Florida and LSU) and still averaged 293.7 yards of total offense against those teams.
3 The most recent team to win in three straight trips to Kyle Field was Oklahoma in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Missouri’s quarterback vs. Texas A&M’s pass rush: Whether it’s junior James Franklin — who is questionable this week with a concussion — or redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser, MU’s quarterback had better to be ready to stand in the face of an Aggie pass rush that feature end Damontre Moore, who has 121/2 sacks.
Terez A. Paylor’s pick: Texas A&M 42, Missouri 24
Texas A&M will score points, so either Franklin or Berkstresser had better perform at a high level, or this one could get ugly. The score will likely be closer if Franklin plays — he looked good before he suffered a concussion last week — but A&M’s seniors are ticked about losing to MU the last two seasons and are determined not to go out with another loss to the Tigers.
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org