No. 10 Arkansas goes for 4-0 when it meets No 23 Texas A&M

September 22, 2022 GMT
Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) drops back to pass against Missouri State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) drops back to pass against Missouri State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) drops back to pass against Missouri State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
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Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) drops back to pass against Missouri State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
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Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) drops back to pass against Missouri State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

No. 10 Arkansas (3-0, 1-0 SEC) vs. No. 23 Texas A&M (2-1, 0-0), at Arlington, Texas, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, (ESPN).

Line: Texas A&M by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Arkansas leads 42-33-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Arkansas has a chance to start 4-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1988 and 1989, when the Razorbacks were still in the old Southwest Conference. Already with a win two weeks ago over South Carolina, they are looking to start 2-0 in SEC play for the first time since 2006. The Aggies’ SEC opener comes in their first game away from Kyle Field. They had a 17-9 bounce-back win over then-No. 13 Miami last week after their loss to Appalachian State in Week 2.

KEY MATCHUP

Dual-threat Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson against the Aggies defense. Jefferson is averaging 313 total yards a game and has completed 55 of 78 passes (70.5%) for 770 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. He has also run for 169 yards and three scores. Texas A&M ranks ninth nationally in total defense, allowing 8.7 points a game, and is ninth in pass defense, giving up 147.3 yards a game.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas A&M: QB Max Johnson made his first start with the Aggies last week against Miami after coach Jimbo Fisher benched Haynes King. Johnson, an LSU transfer and son of Super Bowl-winning QB Brad Johnson, threw for 140 yards and a touchdown against Miami. He had 2,815 yards and 27 TDs passing for the Tigers last season.

Arkansas: LB Drew Sanders. The Alabama transfer has 28 tackles (16 solo) with 6 1/2 for loss and 5 1/2 sacks. He is tied for the national lead in sacks.

FACTS & FIGURES

Texas A&M RB Devon Achane is the only player in the nation to have a rushing, receiving and kickoff return touchdown this season. ... Arkansas RB Raheim “Rocket” Sanders has three consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He is the SEC’s leading rusher and fourth nationally with 440 yards (146.7 per game). He is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. ... Texas A&M is 26-0 when leading after the first quarter under Fisher. ... Aggies WR Ainias Smith has at least one catch in 26 consecutive games.

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