- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ball State (1-0) at No. 16 Texas A&M; (1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Texas A&M; by 29 1/2.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Texas A&M; looks to improve to 16-0 in non-conference games under coach Kevin Sumlin in the first game since a $485 million redevelopment of Kyle Field. The redevelopment has increased the capacity of the stadium to 102,733, which leaves it as the biggest stadium in the Southeastern Conference and the fourth largest in the country. Ball State looks for its first win over an SEC team (0-9).

KEY MATCHUP

Ball State’s offensive line vs. Texas A&M;’s pass rush. The Aggies rank second in the nation in sacks after piling up nine in a win over Arizona State in the opener in the first game under aggressive defensive coordinator John Chavis. DE Daeshon Hall led four and DE Myles Garrett added two. This week they’ll test a Ball State line that is the strength of the team. The Cardinals return all of their starters from 2014.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ball State: RB Darian Green. He tied a school record by scoring four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, in Ball State’s 48-36 win over VMI last week.

Texas A&M;: QB Kyler Murray. He lost the starting job to Kyle Allen in camp, but Sumlin used him on several drives throughout the opener and said Monday that he wants to do that this week as well. He had some struggles against the Sun Devils but also showed flashes of the electric player he was in high school, throwing for 49 yards and running for 69 more.

FACTS & FIGURES

A&M; WR Josh Reynolds needs 80 yards receiving to reach 1,000 yards for his career. … Aggie WR Christian Kirk had 106 yards receiving with a touchdown to become the first freshman in school history to reach 100 yards receiving in his debut. He also had a 79-yard punt return for a score. … Ball State has scored at least 40 points in three straight games dating back to last season. … The Aggies have 22 players who weigh at least 300 pounds, which is the most in school history.

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