No. 10 Tennessee vs. No. 10 A&M in SEC-Big 12 Challenge


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas A&M (Big 12 No. 10) vs. Tennessee (SEC No. 10)

Texas A&M's record against the SEC: 0-2
Tennessee's record against the Big 12: 2-3 Previous series: Tennessee leads, 2-0
Most recent meeting: Tennessee, 38-7, in 2005 Cotton Bowl.
Distance between them (according to How Far Is It): 805 miles
Where they should play: Jackson, Miss. (379 miles from College Station, 438 miles from Knoxville)

Who wins: Tennessee

Why: Both these teams are in the unexpected position at the bottom of the conference after years of recent success. Even though Mike Sherman has an edge in coaching experience, the Volunteers simply have better players.

Tennessee preseason All-America strong safety Eric Berry should be able to snuff out whatever Jerrod Johnson and Jeff Fuller would try to produce, and the rest of the Tennessee defense would be able to shut down what the Aggies were trying to do offensively.

Lane Kiffin isn't sure about his quarterback, but it probably wouldn't matter that much against Texas A&M's developing defense. Look for Tennessee's Bryce Brown to outduel Christine Michael in a battle of heralded running backs. And Brown would have reinforcements like Montario Hardesty, Tauren Poole and Toney Williams to be able to dictate the pace of the game and help the Volunteers grind out a victory over the Aggies.

Tuesday: Baylor (Big 12 No. 9) vs. Auburn (SEC No. 9)

The count: SEC, 3-0.