The LSU Tigers (6-1) and Texas A&M Aggies (5-1) will meet up in a Southeastern Conference showdown on Saturday afternoon at Kyle Field, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:00 ET on ESPN
LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies
LSU is set to travel to College Station for the first time since 1995, coming off a 23-21 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks as three-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the first time in its last three opportunities. The Tigers will definitely be challenged in facing the SEC’s top offense in terms of total yards. “I hope we can contain Manziel,” stated Tigers head coach Les Miles about the challenge ahead. Defensively, the team ranks second in the conference in allowing just 219.6 yards per game. LSU is 2-0 ATS as a road favorite of 3.5 to 7 points, which is important to factor in when making your Week 8 college football picks.
The Tigers held the Gamecocks to season lows for total yards and rushing yards, as their defensive unit has allowed only 13 touchdowns and 16 field goals in their last 13 SEC games. LSU holds a 27-20-3 all-time advantage in this series, which includes a 41-24 win by Saturday’s host in the 2011 Cotton Bowl. It’s important to note that the Tigers are 1-7-1 in their nine trips to this location.
Texas A&M has won five consecutive games since its 20-17 season-opening loss to the Florida Gators, including a 59-57 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as 9.5-point road favorites last week. The Aggies were led by star quarterback Johnny Manziel, who gained an SEC-record 576 yards last week, while he’s accounted for 2,356 yards of total offense on the season. The program will be challenged in a major way this weekend, considering its 22-63 record against top-10 teams. Texas A&M is 2-1 ATS as a home underdog over the last two-plus years, with the UNDER going 3-0 in that situation.
The Aggies have scored 282 points in the first six games of the 2012 campaign, which is the most in school history in that particular span. Texas A&M ranks fifth nationally in averaging 47.0 points per game. Live bettors will want to pay close attention to the flow of this high-profile affair, considering the Aggies have outscored opponents by a 169-49 margin in the second and third quarters.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 4-1 ATS mark on the road versus winning home teams, while the Aggies are 1-10 ATS versus winning teams.
College Football Week 8 Pick: LSU Tigers -3
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