In a matchup between two teams over halfway through disappointing seasons, both have already lost. While "disappointing" certainly has different definitions for each program—national title for Texas A&M, competing in the SEC East for Vanderbilt—each has failed to live up to preseason expectations, and for a game that was circled on the calendar heading into the year, it holds nowhere near the clout anyone anticipated.
After falling to No. 11 Auburn 45-41 last week at Kyle Field, the 16th-ranked Aggies hope to rebound against unranked Vanderbilt, keeping alive distant SEC title hopes despite top-ranked Alabama's current undefeated trajectory.
Meanwhile, the Commodores' victory over previously ranked Georgia last weekend ignited life back into this Vanderbilt program, which had sustained tough losses SEC foes Ole Miss, South Carolina and Missouri. With the Tigers' winning streak looking invincible and the Gamecocks holding up the rear, Vandy may have to put off to next year what they hoped to accomplish this time around—an SEC title appearance.
For Saturday's matchup's need-to-know information, look below:
Time: 12:21 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Location: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network
Spread: Texas A&M currently stands as an 18.5 point favorite over Vanderbilt, per vegasinsider.com
*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand