Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M Aggies Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Kyle Field College Station
Logo Florida Gators
VS
Logo Texas A&M Aggies
53.5
OPENER
-3.5

54.5o -105
CURRENT
-1.5 -110

+105
MONEYLINE
-125

41
SCORE
24

When it comes to Southeastern Conference play, the Texas A&M Aggies and Florida Gators are generally expected to be near the top of the standings, perhaps behind Alabama and Georgia, respectively.

There is a bigger gap these days, though.

With both teams desperately needing a win, the Aggies (3-5, 1-4 SEC) will clash with the Gators (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

Riding its first four-game losing streak since 2005 when it was in the Big 12, Texas A&M will try to rebound from a 31-28 home loss to Ole Miss last week -- the Aggies' first home game in six weeks.

While quarterback Haynes King (shoulder) may be available Saturday, coach Jimbo Fisher likes what he has seen from Conner Weigman, who went 28-for-44 for 338 yards with four touchdowns against the Rebels.

"Red zone, third down, I thought he did a really nice job," Fisher said. "He's got a great feel for the game. I said he's very instinctive. He's had enough at-bats at practice he feels really comfortable on the offense, and he's going to do a really good job."

The Cypress, Texas, native's 338 passing yards were the most in a game by a true freshman in school history. His four passing TDs matched the highest figure by an Aggie in a game since Kellen Mond had that many vs. South Carolina in 2020.

The Aggies are tied with Auburn for last in the SEC West, while Florida is saved from the cellar only by woeful Vanderbilt's 0-4 record in the East.

Local Gainesville, Fla., product Anthony Richardson wasn't the problem in the Gators' 42-20 loss against archrival Georgia last week. He went 18 of 37 for 271 passing yards and one touchdown, but the Gators allowed 555 yards of total offense to their border foe while losing their second consecutive game.

"I gained a level of respect (for) that group in terms of how they responded at halftime," Florida coach Billy Napier said of his team cutting its deficit to 28-20 on Richardson's 78-yard TD to Xzavier Henderson, who had five catches for a career-high 110 yards.

Napier dismissed talented edge rusher Brenton Cox Jr. from the program on Monday for a "cumulative effect." The former five-star prospect started all 32 of his games at Florida, and led the team with eight tackles for loss this year and was tied for second with two sacks.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Florida Gators
26
28
Texas A&M Aggies

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Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Seth Small connected on a 26-yard field goal as time expired to lift No. 21 Texas A&M to a 41-38 comeback win over No. 4 Florida on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

The Aggies (2-1) bounced back a week after sustaining a 52-24 blowout loss against Alabama to secure their first win over an Associated Press top 5-ranked team in the three-year tenure of coach Jimbo Fisher. Texas A&M had previously gone 3-8 against AP ranked teams under Fisher.

In a game in which neither team committed a turnover until the fourth quarter, the lone giveaway by the Gators (2-1) cost them the game.

With the game tied at 38 and 3:40 remaining, Aggies linebacker Buddy Johnson stripped Florida running back Malik Davis of the ball. Defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal recovered at the Gators' 48 setting up the game-winning drive.

Texas A&M's running game proved to be the difference as the Aggies totaled 205 rushing yards on the ground, led by Isaiah Spiller's 174 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

Texas A&M senior quarterback Kellen Mond completed 25 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns as Texas A&M totaled 543 yards on offense.

Florida's offense had no trouble moving the ball throughout the game. Quarterback Kyle Trask completed 23 of 32 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

But once again, the Gators defense couldn't slow down an opponent.

Entering the game, Florida's defense ranked 66th among the 75 FBS teams that had played in yards allowed per game (471.0).

Florida nearly came up with the decisive stop when it forced A&M's lone turnover earlier in the fourth.

Gators cornerback Brad Stewart Jr. hit Aggies receiver Ainias Smith, forcing a fumble that Marco Wilson recovered at the A&M 37-yard line.

Trask threw his fourth touchdown pass - a 1-yard dump off to running back Dameon Pierce to give the Gators a 38-31 lead with 6:14 left.

The Aggies, however, answered quickly when Mond connected deep over the middle with Caleb Chapman for a 51-yard touchdown pass with 4:30 left. Chapman left the game after hurting his right knee on the play.

--Field Level Media

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