Texas A&M was one of the big winners in Tuesday’s initial College Football Playoff rankings - as the committee had the Aggies ranked No. 5 - and now have a solid shot at qualifying for the CFP. But that means no slipups, including this week when they host LSU.
Meanwhile, the Tigers’ title defense has not gone as planned, as they are the first defending champion in the CFP era not to be ranked in the first CFP rankings of the following season.
Let’s take a look at our best college football predictions for LSU vs. Texas A&M, with kickoff scheduled for Saturday, November 28 at 7:00 ET.
LSU Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies Betting Preview
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LSU: Derek Stingley CB (Questionable), Lloyd Cole CB (Questionable), Jordan Toles S (Questionable), Mo Hampton Jr. S (Questionable), Trey Palmer WR (Questionable), Racey McMath WR (Doubtful), Myles Brennan QB (Out).
Texas A&M: Isaiah Spiller RB (Probable), Dylan Wright WR (Questionable), Demani Richardson DB (Questionable), Micheal Clemons DL (Out).
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Betting Trend to Know
LSU has covered the spread in each of the last nine meetings against Texas A&M. Find more NCAA betting trends for LSU vs. Texas A&M.
Against the Spread (ATS) Pick
Texas A&M must be riding high after seeing those initial college football rankings. The 5-1 Aggies will have a legit shot at the playoff if they can win out. But first up is taking care of business against LSU.
Since A&M’s blowout loss to Alabama, the Aggies have won four in a row, but haven’t played since Nov. 7 due to COVID restrictions, so they’ll have to shake off the rust quickly.
The Aggies have been led by a balanced offense this season. Senior QB Kellen Mond is finally having the standout year many have been waiting for. Mond has thrown for 1,468 yards on a 64.3 completion percentage, with 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Mond also has the support of Isaiah Spiller in the backfield. Spiller has rushed for 643 yards at a clip of 6.2 yards per carry. They face an LSU defense that has not been up to snuff this season, allowing over 470 yards per game.
But there is some hope in Death Valley. Freshman backup T.J. Finley has been solid in relief and is coming off a start where he threw for 271 yards, with two touchdowns and no picks. While RB Tyrion Davis-Prince has 239 yards in the last two games where he received a full workload of carries. Texas A&M has been solid on defense, but have had some issues against the pass.
Yes, the Aggies have won four in a row, which includes a win over No. 6 Florida with their lone loss coming against Bama. But their last three wins came against SEC bottom feeders, they haven’t covered a number this large all season, and might have to knock off some rust after not playing for three weeks. Ride with the Tigers as dogs this week.
PREDICTION: LSU +14.5 (-110)
The total for this game is 62 as of Wednesday afternoon and that shouldn’t be a surprise with these two SEC foes going at it.
First off, LSU has seemed to have issues slowing anyone with any semblance of an offense this season, and with Texas A&M’s balance and putting up 33.3 points per game, the Aggies fall into that category. And while the Tigers are struggling to get stops on defense, they're still scoring 34.3 points per game.
The Aggies allow just 25 points per game, but the three best offenses they've faced (Alabama, Florida and Arkansas) combined to put up 121 points. LSU isn’t near the same level on offense as Alabama or Florida, but they can still create matchup problems. Bet on this game to be high-scoring
PREDICTION: Over 62 (-110)
First Quarter Spread Pick
Fun stat for you: Despite LSU’s struggles early in games, they actually have a +3 point differential in the first quarter this season and haven't trailed by more than four points after the first quarter in a game. With Texas A&M maybe having to work out some kinks from their layoff, taking LSU on the first-quarter spread might not be a bad idea.
PREDICTION: LSU +6 (-105)
LSU vs Texas A&M Betting Card
- LSU +14.5 (-110)
- Over 62 (-110)
- LSU +6 First Quarter Spread (-105)
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