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No. 7 A&M hosts New Mexico looking for 11th straight victory

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Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada runs for a short gain against Texas A&M in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Denver. Texas A&M won 10-7. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

New Mexico (2-0) at No. 7 Texas A&M (2-0), Saturday at noon EDT (SEC Network).

Line: Texas A&M by 30 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Texas A&M leads 4-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Looking to extend their winning streak to 11 games, the Aggies need to get their offense going this week after a subpar performance in a 10-7 win over Colorado. This game is Texas A&M’s final non-conference tune-up before the Aggies open Southeastern Conference play Sept. 25 against No. 20 Arkansas. A win would give them their first 3-0 start since opening the 2016 season with six consecutive wins.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas A&M QB Zach Calzada will get his first career start Saturday after Haynes King had surgery to repair a broken leg this week after being injured against the Buffaloes. He’ll face a New Mexico team that ranks 74th in the nation after allowing 214.5 yards passing through the first two games. Calzada had some ups and downs against Colorado after King was hurt. He lost a fumble near the goal line with about nine minutes left but bounced back to throw an 18-yard TD pass with 2:41 remaining to give the Aggies the win.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

New Mexico: QB Terry Wilson, a transfer from Kentucky, threw for a career-high 381 yards with three touchdowns last week to earn Mountain West offensive player of the week honors. Wilson has thrown for 559 yards and six touchdowns without an interception in two games this season.

Texas A&M: RB Isaiah Spiller needs 54 yards rushing to pass Johnny Manziel (2,169) and move into 17th on the school’s career rushing list. Spiller had 113 yards rushing in A&M’s opener but is looking to rebound this week after he was limited to just 20 yards rushing on eight carries against Colorado.

FACTS & FIGURES

These teams first met in 1926 and their last meeting was a 55-14 A&M victory in 2017. ... New Mexico is 2-0 for the first time in 16 years. ... The Lobos are 6-56 all-time against ranked opponents and 2-30 on the road against teams in the Top 25. ... New Mexico’s last win over a ranked team was a 47-35 victory over No. 25 Utah in 2003. Their last win over an SEC team was against Missouri in 2005. ... Texas A&M is 12-0 all-time against teams currently in the Mountain West Conference. ... TE Jalen Wydermyer’s 12 career touchdown catches are the most by a tight end in school history. ... Texas A&M ranks third in the nation by allowing 99.5 yards passing a game.

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