Know thy foe: Texas A&M

Edward Pope caught two passes for 38 yards against Mississippi State last year. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Edward Pope caught two passes for 38 yards against Mississippi State last year. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Game day: Oct. 3 at Kyle Field (106,300) in College Station, Texas.

Series: Tied 4-4 and 1-1 in College Station.

Last meeting: MSU won 48-31 in Starkville in 2014.

Head coach: Kevin Sumlin – 28-11 in three years at Texas A&M, 63-28 in seven years overall.

2014 Record: 8-5, 3-5 SEC

W at South Carolina 52-28

W LAMAR 73-3

W RICE 38-10

W at SMU 58-6

W vs. Arkansas (Arlington, Texas) 35-28 (OT)

L at Mississippi State 48-31

L OLE MISS 35-20

L at Alabama 59-0

W LOUISIANA-MONROE 21-16

W at Auburn 41-38

L MISSOURI 34-27

L LSU 23-17

Liberty Bowl

W vs. West Virginia 45-37

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

WR Josh Reynolds, 6-4, 195, Jr., 52 catches for 842 yards, 13 TD

WR Edward Pope, 6-4, 170, Jr., 30 catches for 454 yards, 4 TD

WR Ricky Seals-Jones, 6-5, 240, So., 49 catches for 465 yards, 4 TD

C Mike Matthews, 6-2, 290, Sr.

RG Joseph Cheek, 6-7, 305, Sr.

RT German Ifedi, 6-5, 335, Jr.

Defense (6)

DT Julien Obioha, 6-4, 280, Sr., 47 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack. 1 FR

DT Alonzo Williams, 6-4, 305, Sr., 57 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FR

DE Myles Garrett, 6-5, 262, So., 53 tackles, 14 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 1 PBU

CB De’Vante Harris, 5-11, 185, Sr., 53 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FR

SS Devonta Burns, 6-0, 211, Sr., 57 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 2 FF

FS Armani Watts, 5-11, 200, So., 59 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 9 PBU

Special Teams (1)

P Drew Kaser, 6-3, 215, Sr., 62 punts for 2,737 yards (44.2 avg), long 60

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Arizona State (Houston)

Sept. 12 BALL STATE

Sept. 19 NEVADA

Sept. 26 vs. Arkansas (Arlington, Texas)

Oct. 3 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Oct. 17 ALABAMA

Oct. 24 at Ole Miss

Oct. 31 SOUTH CAROLINA

Nov. 7 AUBURN

Nov. 14 WESTERN CAROLINA

Nov. 21 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 28 at LSU

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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