Saturday, November 28, 2020, Kyle Field, Bryan-College Station, Texas, 7 p.m. ET
Tigers at Aggies Betting Preview: Tigers (+14.5), Aggies (-14.5)
LSU Tigers Betting Preview
Much has changed for the Tigers (3-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) since they shredded the Aggies 50-7 in quarterback Joe Burrow’s last home game in 2019. The Tigers were on their way to a 15-0 record and a national championship last season, but they haven’t won consecutive games this season as they prepare to play their first ranked opponent.
Both teams have undergone COVID-induced layoffs. The Tigers haven’t played only once this month. The Aggies haven’t played since a 48-3 win at South Carolina on Nov. 7.
That has made the Aggies a bit hungrier that perhaps normal, even for this rivalry game.
“LSU is always going to get your attention,” A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said. “But after three weeks, it wouldn’t matter who we were playing. They would get our attention.”
LSU won at Arkansas 27-24 last week.
“It took everything we had to beat Arkansas, and we did it,” Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said. “Hopefully, it’s a springboard for us to have a great end to the season starting with Texas A&M.”
The Tigers finally got a chance to bounce back from their 48-11 loss to Auburn on Halloween, and they took advantage by holding off the Razorbacks when freshman Eli Ricks deflected a potential tying 44-yard field goal on the final play of the game.
“At some times we looked like an LSU football team,” Orgeron said. “We still have a ways to go, but we have some young players that are believing, and, hopefully, making the last play of the game gave our guys some relief and some confidence that they can fight through and win.”
The most recent time these teams played in College Station was two years ago, when the Aggies prevailed 74-72 in an epic seven-overtime battle.
The Aggies expect to have about 25,000 fans inside of 100,000-seat Kyle Field for the game.
“It’s probably the first time this year that the crowd noise will be a factor,” Orgeron said.
No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies Betting Preview
The No. 5 Aggies (5-1, 5-1) finally get to play in the wake of the COVID-related postponements of two games. Texas A&M couldn’t play at Tennessee two weeks ago or against Ole Miss last week after its rout of South Carolina to open the month.
“I think our guys are hungry,” Fisher said. “They want to play, they miss playing. I think our kids are very resilient. We’ve handled all kinds of adversity because 2020 is an adversity year.”
The Aggies aren’t likely to win the SEC West because they are a game behind No. 1 Alabama in the lost column, and that loss came against the Crimson Tide on Oct. 3. But that doesn’t mean the Aggies can’t sneak into the College Football Playoff if they win out.
Fisher dismissed the notion that the Aggies are thinking of revenge for the 50-7 pounding his team took at LSU last season.
“Any time you get beat, you want to go back and compete and play very well,” Fisher said. “I don’t ever like the word revenge; I think revenge clouds your thinking.
“I think you’ve got two different teams, two different groups of people, two different years apart. You want to win because somebody had success against you. I mean, that’s just human nature.”
Kellen Mond is having a big year for the Aggies. He has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for an average of 244.7 yards a game with 16 touchdowns against only two interceptions. Mond needs to pass for 153 yards and rush for 74 to become the third quarterback in SEC history with over 9,000 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing.
Running back Isaiah Spiller has rushed for 107.2 yards a game for the Aggies.
Tigers at Aggies Betting Pick
LSU holds a 34-21-3 lead over Texas A&M in the series that dates back to 1899. The Tigers have won eight of the last nine meetings, however, and three of the last four times the teams have met at Kyle Field. The Tigers have alternated wins and losses this season while the Aggies have won four in a row since their loss at Alabama.
Tigers at Aggies Betting Pick:
Aggies 42, Tigers 17
Tigers at Aggies Best Bet
The last time these two teams got together in College Station the Aggies outlasted the Tigers 74-72 in a seven-overtime thriller. That game featured nearly 200 plays with 10 ties and 12 lead changes throughout the four hours, 53 minutes it lasted. The Aggies won with a 2-point conversion to break a 72-72 tie. That isn’t likely to be duplicated this time.
Tigers at Aggies Best Bet: UNDER 64.5
–Field Level Media