A struggling Texas A&M opens as a big favorite over UMass

Texas A&M is currently in the middle of its longest losing streak in 50 years as the Aggies lost their last six straight games. However, the Maroon and White have a good chance of ending that slump with a non-conference game against Massachusetts next weekend.

When the line for Sunday’s game was unveiled, Texas A&M opened as a 34-point favorite at Caesars Sportsbook.

The Aggies (3-7, 1-6 SEC) fell as a running back in Auburn Saturday night Devon Achane missed the game due to injury. With the exception of the final drive, which ended in a touchdown, the offensive line forward couldn’t get traction and neither back could get anything going. And eventually a real freshman quarterback Conner Weigman threw 13 straight incomplete passes. Texas A&M also saw wide receivers Evan Stewart and tight end Max Wright go down with injuries in competition.

The Aggies are hoping to have more players available against UMass, but that’s not a given. Even if a lot of players are missing, the team should have more quality than the Minutemen.

UMass (1-9) is bottom in CBS Sports’ FBS 1-131 ranking for every program in the country. They suffered a narrow defeat at Arkansas State on Saturday, 35-33. It was by far the team’s highest score that season. They were only able to score 20 points in their only win, which came over FCS Stony Brook.

The Minutemen have lost seven straight games and average just 14 points per game while giving up 31. But in a game where they were 17.5 point underdogs, they managed to score 14 points in the fourth quarter against Arkansas State. They were a missed two-point conversion away from sending it into overtime.

UMass has fielded three different starting quarterbacks this season, with little success. The team averaged fewer than 100 yards per game but posted a season-high 307 yards on Saturday. it was sophomore Brady Olson that was the beginning, but fellow sophomores Garret Dzuro came in when Olson was injured and gave a spark to the offense. He finished the game 10-14, passing for 129 yards and a touchdown. However, he has only attempted 35 passes this year.

Massachusetts averages 158 yards per game on the ground and they just surpassed that on Saturday. Ellis Merriweather was the only rusher for over 16 yards while rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns. For the year, he’s rushed for 479 yards and three points while averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. quarterback Gino CampiottiThe other player with 225+ yards is , who started the year as a starter. The leading receiver is Michigan transfer George Johnson with 26 receptions for yards and a touchdown. Penn State transmission Cam Sullivan Brown added 21 catches for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas A&M and UMass kick off at 11 a.m. Central at Kyle Field next Saturday. The game will only be available via streaming, either via SEC Network+ or ESPN+.