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No. 24 Florida (1-0) at Texas A&M (0-0), 3:35 p.m., (ESPN)

Line: Texas A&M by 1 1/2

Series Record: Series is tied 1-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

It’s the start of a new era for Texas A&M as the Aggies play their first Southeastern Conference game after moving from the Big 12. Texas A&M’s game last week was postponed, so Saturday will be former Houston coach Kevin Sumlin’s debut for the Aggies. The Gators look to get off to a good start in the SEC and improve their luck in the state of Texas, where they have once in 10 tries.

KEY MATCHUP

Aggies defense vs. RB Mike Gillislee. Gillislee had 24 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns in Florida’s 27-14 win over Bowling Green last week. This will be Texas A&M’s first chance to see how the switch from a 3-4 scheme to the 4-3 under first-year defensive coordinator Mark Snyder is going. The Aggies return five starters on defense including linebacker Sean Porter, who led the team with 9 1/2 sacks last season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida: QB Jeff Driskel. Driskel was officially named the starter on Monday after alternating time with Jacoby Brissett last week against Bowling Green. The 6-foot-4, 237-pound sophomore went 10 of 16 for 114 yards with a touchdown in Florida’s opener to help earn the starting job.

Texas A&M: QB Johnny Manziel. Manziel earned the starting job left vacant when Ryan Tannehill was taken in the first-round of the NFL draft by Miami with a strong camp. The redshirt freshman will become the first freshman quarterback to start a season-opener for the Aggies since 1944. Sumlin believes a veteran offensive line and other skill position players will make his transition easier.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Aggies are opening their season against a conference opponent for the first time since 1967. … The last meeting between these teams came in 1977 when Texas A&M got a 37-14 win in the Sun Bowl. … Florida’s only win in the state of Texas came with a 48-3 victory over Rice in 1977. … The Aggies have won three straight season-openers and are 7-3 in their last 10. … Saturday will be a return to Texas for Florida coach Will Muschamp, who was an assistant at Texas from 2008-10.

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Duke (1-0) at No. 25 Stanford (1-0) 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

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