The Tennessee Volunteers will make their first trip to College Station in school history on Saturday to face the Texas A&M Aggies. Both teams look to remain perfect on the season, but one will have leave with a loss when the clock hits three zeros.
Saturday’s matchup is particularly intriguing because the matchup between the top-10 teams could have serious implications on the 2016 college football landscape. One win could propel either of these teams to the SEC Championship. One loss could be the difference between the Sugar Bowl and the College Football Playoff. It’s only one game, but it carries colossal weight. That’s a lot of ones. Why not look at some more interesting numbers surrounding the game?
3: This is just the third meeting all-time between the programs, with Tennessee leading the series 2-0. Texas A&M and Missouri are the newest members of the SEC after joining the conference in 2012. And because the Aggies play in the SEC West, matchups with Tennessee are few and far between. The most recent outing occurred in 2005 when the Vols won 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl.
59: The first game between Texas A&M and Tennessee occurred almost 59 years ago in the 1957 Gator Bowl. Tennessee had the game’s only score and won, 3-0.
9 & 15: Each team has a potential 2016 All-American at the defensive end position. Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett wears No. 9, while Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett wears No. 15. Barnett has 165 tackles and 23 sacks in his career and Garrett has 119 tackles and 25.5 sacks in his career to this point.
5: Both teams sport a 5-0 record headed into Saturday’s matchup. For Tennessee, this is the first 5-0 start since its championship season in 1998. Texas A&M began its 2014 and 2015 campaigns 5-0, but lost on the sixth game in both years.
2,600: The Aggies’ offense has put up more than 2,600 yards this season due to a strong threat on the ground and through the air. Trevor Knight is responsible for over 63 percent of the total yards that Texas A&M has produced thus far.
12: Texas A&M’s fan base is known as the “12th man” because of their ability to consistently affect a game. Kyle Field underwent renovations in 2015 to make it the largest stadium in the SEC — the stadium can now hold 102,733 fans. This will be the largest opposing crowd Tennessee will see this season.
Tennessee faces Texas A&M on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Edited by Adam Milliken
Featured image by Hayley Pennesi, courtesy of Tennessee Athletics