- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

No. 6 TEXAS A&M; (3-0) at SMU (0-2), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Texas A&M; by 33.

Series Record: Texas A&M; leads 44-29-7.


The Aggies try for their first 4-0 start since 2006, and need only 37 points to reach 200 points in the first four games of a season for the first time since 1917. SMU’s home opener is its first game since coach June Jones’ sudden resignation Sept. 8, after the Mustangs were outscored 88-6 in their first two games.


Texas A&M; defensive front against SMU offensive line, which has two sophomores and a freshman starting. The Aggies have three sacks in each of its games, while the Mustangs have given up 13 sacks their first two games. Myles Garrett has already matched Texas A&M;’s freshman record with 5 1/2 sacks through the first three games.


Texas A&M;: QB Kenny Hill is the first Aggies quarterback with 1,000 yards passing in the first three games of a season. He has thrown 139 career passes without an interception, including 117 this season.

SMU: Redshirt freshman QB Kolney Cassel makes his first career start with Neal Burcham likely out for the season with an elbow injury. Cassel, the kid from Washington, was limited by injury to five games as a senior in high school, then redshirted last season at SMU before playing in the first two games this season.


SMU, which opened the season with a 45-0 loss at then-No. 10 Baylor, is playing two Top 10 teams in the same season for the first time since 1989, when the Mustangs played at No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 9 Arkansas. … There have been 16 different players who have caught passes this season for Texas A&M;, and eight of them have scored touchdowns. … The Aggies will be in the Dallas market two weeks in a row. Their next game is Sept. 27 against Arkansas at the Dallas Cowboys’ home stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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