No. 4 Florida will try to continue its undefeated start to the season when it travels to play at No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday. Kickoff from College Station, Texas, is scheduled for noon Eastern.
The Gators are back on the road after their home opener, which was a 38-24 win vs. South Carolina. Texas A&M will try to rebound after being blown out by Alabama, 52-24.
Who: No. 4 Florida (2-0, 2-0 SEC) at No. 21 Texas A&M (1-1, 1-1).
When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
Time: Noon Eastern.
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas (102,733).
Latest line: Florida -7.
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Holly Rowe.
Here is some of what Mark Long of the Associated Press wrote about Florida quarterback Kyle Trask returning to his home state on Saturday.
Through two games, the Florida has done just about anything they wanted on offense.
Their defensive performance is another story. They’ve given up 942 yards and 59 points in two games this season, and they’re looking to fix that on Saturday when they visit No. 21 Texas A&M.
The Gators (2-0) have been especially unhappy with their inability to get off the field consistently on third and fourth downs. Teams have converted 15 of 31 third-down attempts against them and 5 of 7 fourth-down opportunities.
Florida’s defense has allowed an average of 327.5 yards passing a game and will now face Texas A&M’s veteran quarterback Kellen Mond, who is coming off a 318-yard passing performance in a loss to No. 2 Alabama.
Mond and the Aggies (1-1) will try to get back on track after the 52-24 loss to the Crimson Tide. Fisher faced criticism for Texas A&M’s poor performance against Alabama in his third season with the Aggies after signing a 10-year, $75 million contract.
KYLE AT KYLE: Florida quarterback Kyle Trask has never been to an actual game at the place that bears his name. Trask’s parents, both Texas A&M graduates, named their son after century-old Kyle Field.
Trask grew up in Manvel, about a two-hour drive from College Station. He played behind former Houston and current Miami standout D’Eriq King in high school and then waited four years to get his shot with the Gators.
“There’s always a chip on my shoulder just because … no one gave me a chance in recruiting,” said Trask, who didn’t get an offer from the Aggies. “I kind of just came in with a chip on my shoulder to whatever program I came into to just try to prove myself.” Florida vs Texas A&M
FISHER VS. FLORIDA: This will be Fisher’s first meeting with Florida as Texas A&M’s coach. But he has plenty of history against the Gators, going 7-1 against them in his time at Florida State.
He recalled the in-state rivalry this week. Florida vs Texas A&M
“At times at Florida State when I played them, we were all ranked in the top 10 two or three times we played them,” Fisher said. “Florida has always had really good players, had some really good years when I was there. We had some success against them, and we had a really good team and had built our program up.”
CLOSING TIME? Florida coach Dan Mullen wants the Gators to finish games better. Florida vs Texas A&M
They could have put Ole Miss away in the opener but kicked three consecutive field goals in the second half, including two from inside the 20-yard line. Last week against South Carolina, Florida threw an interception and went three-and-out on back-to-back drives in the fourth.
“Finishing is a big thing for us,” pass rusher Brenton Cox said. “As the season goes on, we’ll connect, we’ll come together, we’ll come together for the win. I mean, the first two games, it’s always tough for any team. And I feel like we’ll get it together.”
MOND’S MILESTONE: Mond needs 125 yards passing on Saturday to pass Jerrod Johnson (8,011) for most yards passing in school history. The senior has already set Texas A&M records for completions (655) and attempts (1,153). He has 23 wins in his career and a win on Saturday would tie him for fourth-most by a quarterback in school history.