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When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, September 3, 2017
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Preview: Texas A&M at UCLA
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Sep 1, 2017

UCLA and Texas A&M meet in the season opener for the second consecutive season on Sunday at the Rose Bowl, and both teams will be looking for strong starts after poor finishes last season. The Aggies lost four of their final five games in 2016 while the Bruins dropped six of their last seven, prompting coach Jim Mora to replace some of his top offensive coaches.

Texas A&M beat the Bruins in overtime in the season opener last year, but this will be a considerably different team, with former Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight now trying to claim a roster spot with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and defensive end Myles Garrett making an impression with the Cleveland Browns as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Texas A&M has been rather secretive as to whom will take over for Knight, but Jake Hubenak should have the inside track after filling in due to injury a few times last season. There's no question who UCLA will send out to direct the offense, as Josh Rosen returns to start his third consecutive season opener. Rosen should be eager to play well after injuries limited him to six games a year ago - preventing him from improving on his 3,670-yard, 23-touchdown effort as a freshman, which had him in the Heisman Trophy conversation at this time last year.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: UCLA -3.5

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (2016: 8-5): The Aggies won't be lacking offensive firepower, as leading rusher Trayveon Williams returns for his sophomore season while the top pass catcher from last season, Christian Kirk, is back for his junior year. Williams rushed for 1,057 yards and eight TDs on 156 rushes last season, an average of 6.8 yards per carry, and the inexperience at quarterback undoubtedly will force Texas A&M to lean heavily on him against UCLA. Kirk caught 83 passes last season after making 80 receptions as a freshman, and his ability to get open on short routes also should make things easier for whoever is passing the ball.

ABOUT UCLA (2016: 4-8): The Bruins didn't have a player gain more than 350 yards on the ground last season, and their 84.2 rushing yards per game ranked second-worst in the nation. Bolu Olorunfunmi looks like the No. 1 option for UCLA out of the backfield after getting a majority of the carries during training camp, but Soso Jamabo and Nate Starks will be waiting nearby if he starts spinning his wheels. Jamabo led the Bruins with 321 rushing yards last season and Starks was second at 281, but none of the three averaged more than 3.9 per carry.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Texas A&M will wear a helmet sticker that features the outline of the state of Texas over the symbol for a hurricane in remembrance of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

2. DBs Jaleel Wadood, Nate Meadors and Adarius Pickett return for a UCLA secondary that ranked seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense last season (108.85).

3. UCLA WR Darren Andrews has registered 98 receptions for 1,152 yards over the last two seasons, the most catches in that span by a Pac-12 receiver.

PREDICTION: UCLA 31, Texas A&M 28
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Trends - Texas A&M at UCLA

ATS Trends
Texas A&M

Aggies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
Aggies are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
Aggies are 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games on grass.
Aggies are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Aggies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.

UCLA

Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. SEC.
Bruins are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Bruins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Bruins are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games on grass.
Bruins are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September.

OU Trends
Texas A&M

Under is 5-1-1 in Aggies last 7 non-conference games.
Under is 8-2 in Aggies last 10 road games.
Under is 11-3-1 in Aggies last 15 games on grass.
Under is 3-1-1 in Aggies last 5 games in September.
Under is 12-5-1 in Aggies last 18 games overall.

UCLA

Under is 5-2-1 in Bruins last 8 games in September.
Under is 5-2 in Bruins last 7 games overall.
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When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, September 3, 2017
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Preview: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
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Sep 1, 2017

No. 20 West Virginia and 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech each will break in a talented new quarterback when they renew their rivalry by meeting for the first time in 12 years in the season opener on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Will Grier, who went 6-0 at Florida in 2015 before testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and being suspended, gets the call for West Virginia and redshirt freshman Josh Jackson starts for the Hokies.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen told ESPN.com that his job will be to keep the eager Grier calm and relaxed while he lets the game come to him, saying "He’s not going to be able to make up for a year and a half in one game.” Grier won’t have to do it all himself as West Virginia boasts a deep group of running backs that is led by Justin Crawford, who is the leading rusher among those returning in the Big 12 (1,184 yards). Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente told reporters Jackson has been incredibly consistent and has a great demeanor as he starts his first game in place of Jerod Evans, who left early for the NFL. “I’m very comfortable with the offense,” Jackson, a dual-threat signal-caller from Ann Arbor, Mich. told reporters. “I don’t think we’re going to dial anything back.”

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Virginia Tech -4

WEST VIRGINIA (2016: 10-3): Holgorsen told reporters he likes where his team is, and the seventh-year coach must be especially pleased with the Mountaineers’ depth at running back as sophomores Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway also will play big roles. Grier, who averaged 277 yards through the air in beating Tennessee and Ole Miss back-to-back two years ago, has a strong top target in senior receiver Ka’Raun White (48 catches, 583 yards last year). Senior linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton (80 tackles in 2016) leads the defense along with defensive backs Dravon Askew-Henry and senior Kyzir White.

VIRGINIA TECH (2016: 10-4): The Hokies hope to give Jackson time to develop with strong work from a defense that is led by linebackers Andrew Motuapuaka (senior) and Tremaine Edmunds (junior), who combined for 220 tackles last year, and a solid secondary paced by junior Adonis Alexander. Jackson’s most-experienced target is senior Cam Phillips, who has recorded 165 receptions for 2,063 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career, and senior guard Wyatt Teller anchors the line. Travon McMillian has accumulated 1,713 rushing yards over the last two years and could be pushed by fellow junior Steven Peoples and sophomore Deshawn McClease.

EXTRA POINTS

1. West Virginia is 28-22-1 in the series, but the Hokies have won six of the last eight meetings, including the most recent one in 2005 - a 34-17 triumph, as the teams go after the Black Diamond Trophy.

2. Virginia Tech K Joey Slye has kicked 63 field goals over his first three years and needs six to move past Shayne Graham for the most in school history. Slye also is 16 points from passing RB Lee Suggs (336) for second on the all-time list.

3. Grier, picked as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in the preseason, completed 65.8 percent of his passes while throwing 10 touchdown strikes for Florida in 2015.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 34, West Virginia 28
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Trends - No. 20 West Virginia vs No. 22 Virginia Tech

ATS Trends
West Virginia

Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Mountaineers are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 vs. ACC.
Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Mountaineers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.
Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.

Virginia Tech

Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Hokies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
Hokies are 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games in September.

OU Trends
West Virginia

Over is 5-1 in Mountaineers last 6 games on grass.
Over is 4-1 in Mountaineers last 5 neutral site games.
Under is 25-10 in Mountaineers last 35 games overall.
Under is 9-4 in Mountaineers last 13 games in September.

Virginia Tech

Over is 8-1 in Hokies last 9 games in September.
Over is 5-1-1 in Hokies last 7 neutral site games.
Over is 13-3 in Hokies last 16 non-conference games.

Head to Head

Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Home team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Virginia Tech.
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Dunkel

Week 1

Sunday, September 3

West Virginia @ Virginia Tech

Game 209-210
September 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
West Virginia
94.093
Virginia Tech
101.543
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Virginia Tech
by 7 1/2
48
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Virginia Tech
by 4
52
Dunkel Pick:
Virginia Tech
(-4); Under

Texas A&M @ UCLA

Game 211-212
September 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Texas A&M
90.835
UCLA
95.953
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
UCLA
by 5
64
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
UCLA
by 3
56 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
UCLA
(-3); Over
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Week 1

Sunday/Monday’s games
Virginia Tech has a new QB; their offensive line has 72 returning starts. Since 2011, Hokies are just 19-34-1 vs spread when favored. Since ’10, they’re 13-20-1 in non-ACC games. Tech has only 5 starters back on offense. West Virginia lost 8 starters on defense, 6 on offense; since ’12, they’re 7-12 vs spread outside the Big X. WVU is 7-9 vs spread in last 16 games when getting points. Mountaineers’ OL has only 46 returning starts. ACC-Big X don’t meet often; last five years, ACC teams are 6-5 vs spread when facing a Big X squad.

Pac-12-SEC games don’t happen much; since 2011, SEC teams are 7-3 vs spread when they play a Pac-12 opponent. Under Sumlin, Texas A&M is 12-13 vs spread out of conference; since 2013, they’re 3-7 vs spread when getting points. Aggies lost 6 starters on offense; they’ve got a new QB, their OL has only 48 returning starts. UCLA has 9 starters back on offense; their OL has 85 returning starts. Since 2014, Bruins are 5-10 vs spread as a favorite; they’re 1-8-1 vs spread in last 10 non-conference games.
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West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech from Landover, MD (Sun. - ABC, 7:30 p.m.)


Unless you're alumni, or from the Appalachia region, this game doesn't have as much meaning. But, ahh, you'll watch because it's football, and, well, it's football. The Mountaineers of the Big 12 head to suburban D.C. looking to shine their star a bit. They haven't fared well against the number in big games in recent times, going 6-15 ATS in their past 21 against ACC foes, 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference battles and 0-4 ATS in their past four on a neutral field. On the flip side, Virginia Tech is tabbed to contend for the Coastal Division in the ACC, and another 10-win season could easily be within reach. The 'over' has hit in four of the past five for West Virginia on a neutral field, whilegoing 5-1-1 in Virginia Tech's past seven in such situations. Therefore an offensive feast might be on tap. Virginia Tech has hit the over in 13 of their past 16 outside of the ACC, too.
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Texas A&M at UCLA (Sun., Sept. 3 - FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET)


In one of the final games of the opening weekend, Texas A&M invades the Rose Bowl to battle UCLA. While a lot of the national media focuses on cross-town rival USC's QB, the Bruins have a good one of their own in Josh Rosen. He is making his way back from a shoulder injury which derailed his season early on. He is healthy, and if the team's offensive line play is better he has a chance to lead this team to big things. The Aggies have promise at QB, but it's uncertain if we'll see Jake Hubenek, Kellen Mond or Nick Starkel - or all three - in the opener. Both teams have struggled in non-conference games lately, with A&M 2-6 ATS in their past eight and UCLA 0-5 ATS in their past five outside of the conferences.
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W VIRGINIA (10 - 3) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (10 - 4) - 9/3/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W VIRGINIA is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) against ACC opponents since 1992.
W VIRGINIA is 6-19 ATS (-14.9 Units) in games played on a neutral field since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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TEXAS A&M (8 - 5) at UCLA (4 - 8) - 9/3/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TEXAS A&M is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992.
TEXAS A&M is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.
UCLA is 28-14 ATS (+12.6 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1992.
UCLA is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TEXAS A&M is 1-0 against the spread versus UCLA over the last 3 seasons
TEXAS A&M is 1-0 straight up against UCLA over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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WEST VIRGINIA vs. VIRGINIA TECH
West Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Virginia Tech
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia's last 5 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Virginia Tech is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing West Virginia



7:30 PM
TEXAS A&M vs. UCLA
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Texas A&M's last 18 games
Texas A&M is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UCLA's last 7 games
UCLA is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
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Sunday, September 3

Sunday's NCAAF Game of the Day: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (-4, 51.5)

No. 20 West Virginia and 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech each will break in a talented new quarterback when they renew their rivalry by meeting for the first time in 12 years in the season opener on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Will Grier, who went 6-0 at Florida in 2015 before testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and being suspended, gets the call for West Virginia and redshirt freshman Josh Jackson starts for the Hokies.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen told ESPN.com that his job will be to keep the eager Grier calm and relaxed while he lets the game come to him, saying "He’s not going to be able to make up for a year and a half in one game.” Grier won’t have to do it all himself as West Virginia boasts a deep group of running backs that is led by Justin Crawford, who is the leading rusher among those returning in the Big 12 (1,184 yards). Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente told reporters Jackson has been incredibly consistent and has a great demeanor as he starts his first game in place of Jerod Evans, who left early for the NFL. “I’m very comfortable with the offense,” Jackson, a dual-threat signal-caller from Ann Arbor, Mich. told reporters. “I don’t think we’re going to dial anything back.”

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Hokies as 4-point favorites and that line quickly grew as high as 5, before fading back to the opening number. The total hit the betting board at 55.5 and has been bet down 4.5-points to an even 51.

WEATHER REPORT: Weather conditions should be perfect for football with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s at kickoff.

INJURY REPORT:

West Virginia - QB Will Grier (Probable, Suspension), S Dravon Askew-Henry (Probable, Knee), WR Marcus Simms (Eligibility, Suspension), LS David Long Jr. (Early October, Knee)

Virginia Tech - CB Brandon Facyson (Probable, Wrist), WR Caleb Farley (Out For Season, Knee)

WEST VIRGINIA (2016: 10-3 SU, 5-8 ATS, 5-8 O/U): Holgorsen told reporters he likes where his team is, and the seventh-year coach must be especially pleased with the Mountaineers’ depth at running back as sophomores Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway also will play big roles. Grier, who averaged 277 yards through the air in beating Tennessee and Ole Miss back-to-back two years ago, has a strong top target in senior receiver Ka’Raun White (48 catches, 583 yards last year). Senior linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton (80 tackles in 2016) leads the defense along with defensive backs Dravon Askew-Henry and senior Kyzir White.

VIRGINIA TECH (2016: 10-4 SU, 8-6 ATS, 8-6 O/U): The Hokies hope to give Jackson time to develop with strong work from a defense that is led by linebackers Andrew Motuapuaka (senior) and Tremaine Edmunds (junior), who combined for 220 tackles last year, and a solid secondary paced by junior Adonis Alexander. Jackson’s most-experienced target is senior Cam Phillips, who has recorded 165 receptions for 2,063 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career, and senior guard Wyatt Teller anchors the line. Travon McMillian has accumulated 1,713 rushing yards over the last two years and could be pushed by fellow junior Steven Peoples and sophomore Deshawn McClease.

TRENDS (Dating back to last season):

* Mountaineers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.

* Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

* Over is 4-1 in Mountaineers last 5 neutral site games.

* Over is 5-1-1 in Hokies last 7 neutral site games.

* Over is 13-3 in Hokies last 16 non-conference games.

* Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Virginia Tech.

CONSENSUS: The underdog Mountaineers are getting 61 percent of the money line action from users and the Over is picking up 69 percent of the totals wagers.
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By Brian Edwards

**Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia**

-- These former Big East rivals will square of in Landover, MD, where the Redskins call home in NFL action. FedEx Field is located 214 miles away from Morgantown and 285 miles from Blacksburg. These schools haven’t met since 2005. Virginia Tech has a 9-3 record in this rivalry.

-- As of Saturday afternoon, most betting shops had Virginia Tech installed as a four or 4.5-point favorite with a total of 51.5. The Mountaineers were available on the money line for a +175 return (risk $100 to win $175).

-- Virginia Tech went to the ACC Championship Game in its first season under Justin Fuente, coming up on the short end of a 42-35 decision against eventual national champ, Clemson. The Hokies took the cash as 10.5-point underdogs, however. Also, they overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to rally past Arkansas for a 35-24 win as seven-point ‘chalk’ at the Belk Bowl.

-- Fuente’s first team finished 10-4 straight up and 8-6 against the spread. The negative was losing twice as a double-digit favorite at Syracuse (31-17) and vs. Ga. Tech (30-20) but after four consecutive seasons of winning eight games or fewer, the vibe out of Blacksburg was all positive going into the offseason.

-- Virginia Tech returns five starters on offense and seven on defense. Josh Jackson, a redshirt freshman, has won the starting QB job and will replace Jerod Evans. Jackson will rely heavily on senior wide receiver Cam Phillips, who had 76 receptions for 983 yards and five touchdowns last year. Junior Travon McMillian will get the bulk of the carries after rushing for 671 yards and seven TDs in 2016. McMillian averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

-- Virginia Tech has one of the top defensive coordinators in all of college football in Bud Foster. His unit gave up 22.8 points per game last season. This group has 11 of its top 14 tacklers back, including junior outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who was a third-team All-American selection in ’16. Edmunds produced 106 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, nine QB hurries, three passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception. Senior MLB Andrew Motuapuaka recorded 114 tackles, 3.5 TFL’s, two sacks, five QB hurries, four passes broken and three interceptions.

--West Virginia is off its best season since joining the Big 12 in 2012. Dana Holgorsen’s squad went 10-3 SU and 5-8 ATS, but it lost a 31-14 decision to Miami as a 2.5-point underdog at the Russell Athletic Bowl. Holgorsen has taken WVU to five bowl games in six years, going 2-3 in those postseason appearances. This was Holgorsen’s second year with a double-digit win total (10-3 in ’11), but the Mountaineers hadn’t won more than eight games in their first four years of Big 12 play. Holgorsen is now 46-31 at WVU, going 4-4 in eight neutral-site games with a 2-6 spread record.

-- This game will mark the return of former Florida QB Will Grier, who led the Gators out to a 6-0 start in ’15 before being issued a one-year suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. After the end of the season, Grier decided to transfer to WVU and had to sit out ’16 per transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility remaining. As a redshirt freshman ’15 with UF, Grier completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards with a 10/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also rushed for 116 yards and two scores.

-- WVU brings back only eight of 22 starters, five on offense and merely three on defense. Senior RB Justin Crawford returns after rushing for 1,184 yards and four TDs with a 7.3 YPC average. Sophomore Kennedy McKoy started a pair of games at RB as a true freshman, producing 472 rushing yards and four TDs while averaging 6.5 YPC.

-- WVU lost its top two pass catchers, but senior Ka’Raun White appears poised to have a breakout year. White had 48 catches for 583 yards and five TDs last season. Junior Jovon Durante had 35 catches for 331 yards and two TDs, but he elected to transfer Florida Atlantic a few weeks ago. Marcus Simms, a sophomore WR who had six catches for 95 yards and one TD in 10 games as a freshman, is currently suspended.

-- WVU lost four of its top five tacklers from the best defense of Holgorsen’s tenure. That unit allowed 24.0 PPG. One of the three returning starters is out indefinitely with a knee injury. That would be sophomore LB David Long, who recorded 65 tackles, two sacks, 2.5 TFL’s and two QB hurries last season. WVU’s defensive leader is senior LB Al-Rasheed Benton, who had 80 tackles, three QB hurries, one TFL and one interception in ’16. Senior LB Kyzir White had 58 tackles, three sacks, four TFL’s, five PBU and one QB hurry.

-- ABC will have the telecast at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.



**Texas A&M at UCLA**

-- As of Saturday afternoon, most spots had UCLA listed as a four-point favorite with a total of 57. The Aggies were +160 on the money line.

-- When these teams met in College Station in last season’s opener, UCLA trailed 24-9 with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Bruins scored on back-to-back drives and after Josh Rosen threw a 62-yard TD pass to Kenneth Walker, his two-point conversion pass to Austin Roberts knotted the score. In overtime, Texas A&M got a one-yard TD run from Trevor Knight and then got a stop to capture a 31-24 win. The Aggies covered the number as four-point home favorites, while ‘under’ backers took a tough-luck push when the 55 combined points hit right on the total.

-- Rosen threw for 343 yards and one TD in the losing effort at A&M, but he was intercepted three times. UCLA had a 468-442 advantage in total offense. RB Soso Jamabo rushed for a team-high 91 yards on 23 carries. For the Aggies, Trayveon Williams ran for 94 yards on 15 totes, while Christian Kirk had 107 all-purpose yards on 11 touches.

-- This is a crucial season for Texas A&M sixth-year head coach Kevin Sumlin, who has seen his last three teams get off to hot starts only to collapse down the stretch. The end result has been three straight 8-5 campaigns after his tenure started with an 11-2 record in ’12 and a 9-4 ledger in ’13. Sumlin owns a 44-21 record at A&M and a 79-38 career record that includes his time at Houston.

-- Texas A&M won its first six games last season and had a 14-13 lead in the third quarter at top-ranked Alabama. However, the Crimson Tide scored 20 unanswered points en route to a 33-14 victory. The Aggies would lose five of their last seven contests, including their last four SEC games. They lost at Mississippi St. and vs. Ole Miss (against a starting QB taking his first-ever collegiate snaps) as double-digit favorites. Also, A&M dropped a 33-28 decision to Kansas St. at the Texas Bowl.

-- Texas A&M returns five starters on offense and seven on defense. Williams enjoyed a banner freshman campaign, rushing for a team-best 1,057 yards and eight TDs while averaging 6.8 YPC. Keith Ford also ran for 669 yards and six TDs, averaging 5.3 YPC, so the Aggies are set in the backfield with a pair of quality players. They lost three excellent WRs in Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones. However, Christian Kirk is back after garnering first-team All-American honors for his special-teams play. Kirk had 83 catches for 928 yards and nine TDs and also scored three times on punt returns.

-- Texas A&M lost its top two tacklers and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in Myles Garrett. Nevertheless, John Chavis’s unit will be a solid group in ’17. Senior DBs Armani Watts and Donovan Wilson are All-SEC candidates. Wilson tallied 59 tackles, 4.5 TFL’s, two QB hurries, two PBU, one interception and one sack in ’16, while Watts produced 56 tackles, one sack, five TFL’s, three PBU, two interceptions and one QB hurry.

-- Sumlin has named redshirt freshman Nick Starkel as his starting QB. He’ll be making his first career start on the road, which is typically a difficult task.

-- Texas A&M senior starting cornerback Nick Harvey is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Harvey recorded f66 tackles, one interception and 10 PBU last season.

-- UCLA won at least eight games in each of Jim Mora Jr.’s first four seasons, but it limped to a 4-8 record last year after losing Rosen to a season-ending shoulder injury. Before going down in the sixth game, Rosen completed 59.3 percent of his throws with a 10/5 TD-INT ratio. He also had a pair of rushing TDs. As a true freshman in ’15, Rosen started all 13 games and connected on 60.0 percent of his passes for 3,668 yards with a 23/11 TD-INT ratio.

-- UCLA lost four one-possession games last season. The Bruins won at BYU and at home over UNLV, Arizona and Oregon St. They bring back nine starters on offense and six on defense.

-- UCLA returns its top-five rushers and its top two WRs, but the ground game was a joke last season. Jamabo rushed for a team-high 321 yards and three TDs, but he averaged just 3.9 YPC. In fact, the Bruins top three rushers each averaged 3.9 YPC or fewer. WR Darren Andrews is off a 55-catch campaign that netted 709 receiving yards and four TD grabs. Jordan Lasley had 41 receptions for 620 yards and five TDs.

-- UCLA’s defense allowed 27.5 PPG in ’16. This unit will be led by senior LB Kenny Young, a second-team All Pac-12 pick last year when he had 90 tackles, five sacks, 3.5 TFL’s, two PBU and one interception.

-- UCLA owns an 11-13 spread record in 24 games as a ,home favorite on Mora’s watch. The Bruins are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 such spots.

-- Texas A&M has compiled a 4-7 spread record as a road underdog during Sumlin’s tenure.

-- Kickoff on FOX is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
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