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Texas A&M football notes and numbers to ponder going into Saturday night’s game

— Texas A&M and Kentucky face off on the gridiron on Saturday for the first time in 65 years and for the first time as members of the Southeastern Conference.

— The last time the two teams met was the early 1950s when both road teams won in a home-and-home arrangement. The Wildcats, then coached by future Texas A&M head coach Paul

— “Bear” Bryant, beat the Aggies, 10-7, in College Station in 1952, while Raymond George’s Aggies returned the favor, 7-6, in Lexington in 1953.

— Kentucky is one of two conference schools that Texas A&M hasn’t faced on the gridiron since joining the elite league in 2012 (Georgia).

— This is the first SEC home game for head coach Jimbo Fisher as the Aggies take on the Wildcats.

— UK head coach Mark Stoops served as Fisher’s defensive coordinator on his first three Florida State teams in 2010-12.

— Texas A&M is seeking to snap a six-game losing streak to Associated Press Top 25 teams. The Aggies’ most recent AP Top 25 victory was a 45-38 overtime win over No. 9 Tennessee on Oct. 8, 2016.

— Texas A&M carries a 32-game streak of scoring at least 14 points into Saturday’s game, which is the longest such streak in the SEC and ranks third among Power 5 schools (Oklahoma, 45 and  West Virginia, 36).

— Texas A&M’s defense ranks fourth nationally in third-down conversions, holding
opposing teams to just 24.6%.

— The Aggie defense is holding opposing offenses to 85.0 rushing yards per game, which is the best in the SEC and sixth in FBS.

— Texas A&M has dominated possession in the first five games averaging 35:52 per game. The tally ranks first in the SEC and is tops among Power 5 schools. The Aggies average 511.8 yards of offense per game, which ranks 13th nationally.

—Texas A&M has accumulated 143 first downs, the most in the SEC and fourth in FBS.

— Through five games, including two vs. AP top 5 teams, Texas A&M is the SEC’s leader in total plays, first downs and time of possession.

— Additionally, Texas A&M is one of three SEC teams averaging more than 500
yards per game, but the Aggies are the only team in the Southeastern Confer ence to average more than 230 rushing and passing yards per game.

— The Aggies are one of three SEC teams averaging over 500 total yards per game, but have run nearly 40 more offensive plays than the next closest team.

— Texas A&M leads the SEC with 143 first downs, which is 19 more than No. 2
Alabama.

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