| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | TEXAS A&M AGGIES VS. COLORADO BUFFALOES

The Texas A&M Aggies and the Colorado Buffaloes will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Empower Field at Mile High.

Oddsmakers opened the Aggies as -16.5-point favorites versus the Buffaloes, while the game's total opened at 51.5.

Texas A&M was a 41-10 winner in their most recent outing at home against Golden Flashes. They covered the -29.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (51) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Texas A&M:

Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS

Texas A&M is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games

Texas A&M is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas A&M's last 6 games

Colorado:

Team record: 1-0 SU,0-1 ATS

Colorado is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Colorado is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Texas A&M

Colorado is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas A&M

Next up:

Texas A&M home to New Mexico Saturday, September 18

Colorado home to Minnesota Saturday, September 18

The Aggies season-opener against Kent State wasn't necessarily in jeopardy, but five turnovers against a MAC team is concerning. On a side note, I think Kent State actually has a pretty decent team, but that's neither here nor there. If A&M played like that last week against a Power 5 opponent, they may have started the season with an ugly L.

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Strength vs. strength: Texas A&M's rushing attack was expected to be its strength heading into the season and it didn't disappoint. Devon Achane had 124 yards and two touchdowns, while Isaiah Spiller added 113 yards on 17 carries. They'll be going up against a Buffaloes defense that allowed just 20 rushing yards on 18 carries last weekend. Yes, you have to factor in the level of competition, but if the Buffs can slow down the Aggies' ground game, it'll be a good sign as they move into Pac-12 play later in the year.

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It's Year 3 of the Jimbo Fisher era in College Station, and now that he's integrated his program with his guys, some are hinting that Texas A&M could be a dark-horse candidate for the national title. The Aggies were knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff last year and have 15 returning starters to make another run.

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KEY INJURIES

Injury notes: Robert Barnes is available, Frank Fillip close to return

During Tuesday’s weekly press conference, Karl Dorrell said that he expects inside linebacker Robert Barnes, who missed week one with a soft tissue injury, to be available. The Oklahoma transfer holds plenty of big game experience and will add to an already stacked linebacker group. On the depth chart, he is listed behind Quinn Perry at the weak inside linebacker position.

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