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  Week Three SEC Predictions

Last week's predictions were 11-1, and overall they are 19-6. This week, Auburn opens conference play by hosting Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on ESPN. The Aggies lead the all-time series 3-2, but Auburn won last year's meeting 26-10. The road team has won all four meetings in the series since Texas A&M joined the SEC.

Texas A&M at Auburn

After a sluggish performance in the 19-13 loss to Clemson on Sept. 3, Auburn's offense came alive to easily defeat Arkansas State 51-14 last Saturday. The Tigers gained 706 yards of total offense, which was only the second time in school history the offense reached the 700-yard mark.

Quarterback Sean White started and directed Auburn's first eight scoring drives. For the game, White completed 17 of 23 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 60 more.

Tony Stevens was White's favorite target with four catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Darius Slayton hauled in three catches for 55 yards.

Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway helped Auburn gain 462 yards on the ground. Johnson finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns while Pettway led Auburn with 152.

Auburn's defense looked sharp for the second week in a row by limiting Arkansas State to just 326 yards of total offense. The 66 yards allowed on the ground was the the defense's best rushing performance since last year's Mississippi State game.

Kevin Steele's unit also had four sacks, which was the most since last season's opener against Louisville.

The secondary did give up a few long pass plays, a 68-yarder and a 34-yarder that both led to the only two touchdowns of the night.

On special teams, Daniel Carlson was good on all three field goal attempts and had all six of his kickoffs go for touchbacks.

Texas A&M enters the contest 2-0 after beating UCLA 31-24 Sept. 3 and destroying Prairie View A&M 67-0 last Saturday.

Against Prairie View, quarterback Trevor Knight completed 21 of 37 passes for 344 yards with three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. Knight also rushed for a game-high 78 yards on seven carries in just over one half of play. The Aggies racked up 672 total yards of offense. Wide receiver Christian Kirk had five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

In the backfield, Kendall Bussey ran for 79 yards on seven carries and Keith Ford added 62 yards on eight carries and a pair of touchdowns.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin's defense is led by pass-rusher Myles Garrett, who finished 2015 with 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore.

Prediction: Auburn 24-20.

Ohio at Tennessee

Prediction: Tennessee 42-6.

Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech

Prediction: Georgia Tech 38-14.

Alabama at Ole Miss

Prediction: Alabama 26-13.

East Carolina at South Carolina

Prediction: South Carolina 14-10.

New Mexico St at Kentucky

Prediction: Kentucky 35-20.

Miss St at LSU

Prediction: LSU 24-17.

Georgia at Missouri

Prediction: Georgia 17-14

North Texas at Florida

Prediction: Florida 50-10.

Texas State at Arkansas

Prediction: Arkansas 40-16.


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