Arizona State and Texas A&M kickoff the season in a neutral site contest in Houston. Arizona State comes in off a great 2014 campaign where they were near the top of the Pac-12 with a 10-3 record. Texas A&M under-performed compared to their expectations. With Johnny Manziel gone, they thought they had their quarterback of the future in Kenny Hill. Things spiraled downward for Hill as the season went on.
Over the offseason, Texas A&M hired defensive coordinator John Chavis away from LSU. While head coach Kevin Sumlin has turned things around for the Aggies since taking over, his team has often struggled at the defensive end. Fans hope the Chavis hire can help solidify the defense in College Station.
Here are all the details for Saturday’s game:
Arizona State vs. Texas A&M
Saturday, September 5th 7 PM ET
NRG Stadium; Houston, Texas
Texas A&M by 3 (Line is according to OddsShark and subject to change.)
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Arizona State Preview
Quarterback Mike Bercovici may end up being one of the best quarterbacks in college football this season. The team returns most of their starters from last season and should challenge for the Pac-12 title. Their offense could pose a threat to Texas A&M’s newly rebuilt defense.
Texas A&M Preview
Quarterback Kyle Allen is back at quarterback with a year of experience. The team also returns most of its starters from last season. The questions continues to center around their defense. The Aggies hope new coordinator John Chavis can turn the unit around fast.
Arizona State 35, Texas A&M 31
Arizona State has an explosive offense with one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Chavis should help turn things around at A&M but it will take time. This game might be the most entertaining game of the entire weekend. In the end, it will be difficult for the Aggies to find a way to stop Arizona State, despite the likelihood they will be playing in front of a mostly home crowd in this neutral site contest.