- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

LOUISIANA MONROE (3-4) at TEXAS A&M; (5-3), noon CT Saturday (SEC Network)

Line: Texas A&M; by 32 1/2.

Series Record: Texas A&M; leads 2-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Texas A&M; is looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 59-0 loss to Alabama and avoid losing four games in a row for the first time since 2005. A win would make the Aggies bowl eligible for a school-record sixth straight season.

KEY MATCHUP

The Louisiana-Monroe offensive line vs. Myles Garrett and Texas A&M;’s pass rush. The Aggies have 23 sacks this season led by Garrett’s 7 1/2. He’s already set Texas A&M;’s school-record for sacks as a freshman and is just a sack away from breaking the SEC freshman sack record of eight set by Jadeveon Clowney in 2011 at South Carolina. Monroe has allowed 21 sacks this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LOUISIANA MONROE: DL Lorenzo Jackson. Jackson had six tackles, 1 1/2 sacks - both career-highs - and two tackles for losses last week against Texas State. Jackson has six tackles for losses this season and also has four quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.

TEXAS A&M;: The quarterback position. Texas A&M; could bench Kenny Hill this week after the sophomore struggled with turnovers in three straight losses. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said Hill and freshman Kyle Allen have been taking snaps with the first team this week and that the job is “wide open.” Hill beat out the touted recruit Allen in fall camp to earn the job replacing 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Hill leads the Southeastern Conference and is sixth in the nation with 2,649 yards passing.

FACTS & FIGURES

Saturday is Monroe’s third game this season against an SEC team after losses to LSU and Kentucky. … Monroe’s defense didn’t force a turnover last week to end a nation-high streak of 32 straight games with a turnover. … Monroe had nine tackles for losses and five sacks last week against Texas State to give the team 26 sacks this season. … The previous meetings between these teams came in 1985 and 2007. … The Aggies are coming off of an open week. … Texas A&M; CB Deshazor Everett leads the team with 53 tackles and needs just eight tackles to reach 200 career stops. … WR Josh Reynolds leads the Aggies with eight touchdown catches. … The only time Texas A&M; lost to a team from Louisiana besides LSU was 1928 when the Centenary Gents beat the Aggies 6-0. … Texas A&M; has played 14 true freshmen this season.

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