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Aggies QB Trevor Knight
Last week’s battles between Top 10 teams were hit-or-miss. Louisville vs. Clemson was arguably the best game of the season to date. But Wisconsin vs. Michigan was a low-scoring snoozefest, while Washington vs. Stanford was a 44-6 rout by the Huskies.
Fortunately, the SEC’s top-tiered tussle was much more ACC than Big Ten or Pac-12, as No. 8 Texas A&M needed two overtimes to finally put an end to No. 9 Tennessee’s season-long voodoo magic by a score of 45-38.
If you weren’t able to set aside five hours to watch this one, rest assured, it had everything.
Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara had 127 rushing yards, 161 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight threw for 239 yards and ran for 110 more, accounting for five of the six TDs for the Aggies.
The Volunteers completed a 21-point comeback?what else is new with this team??with help from a last-second missed field goal and an unbelievable fumble Malik Foreman forced on what should have been the game-clinching TD for A&M. There were a total of 10 turnovers, capped off by an interception of Joshua Dobbs on Tennessee’s first offensive snap of the second OT.
The win should vault Texas A&M to No. 6 in the polls, and it’s unlikely the loss would bump Tennessee outside the Top 15.
Moreover, because it was such an incredible game?and because Houston played itself out of the conversation with the loss to Navy?it enhanced the SEC’s chances of sending two teams to the College Football Playoff.
Texas A&M and Alabama will meet in two weeks to likely determine who represents the SEC West in the conference championship game. If the Aggies lose that road game before winning their last five, they would be 11-1 with wins over UCLA, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU. That would be one heck of a tough resume to ignore.