Texas A&M vs LSU Week 13 Free Betting Pick
What do Texas A&M and LSU have in common entering the 2016 season? Both head coaches are very much on the hot seat. The Aggies’ Kevin Sumlin probably keeps his job with nine wins, but if LSU doesn’t play in the SEC title game, then Tigers head coach Les Miles is probably a goner. LSU will be favored in the NCAA Football lines. It’s the only NCAA game on Thanksgiving this season.
Here’s a Closer Look at the Texas A&M vs LSU Week 13 Free Betting Pick & TV Info
When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Radio: Texas A&M / LSU
Opening NCAAF Lines: TBD
Texas A&M vs LSU Historic Betting Trends
LSU beat Texas A&M last season 19-7 to potentially save Miles’ job as the Tigers entered that regular- season finale on a three-game losing streak. The team carried Miles off afterward. Leonard Fournette broke the program’s 38-year- old single-season rushing record as LSU beat A&M for the fifth straight time.
Fournette ran 32 times for 159 yards and a touchdown that put the game out of reach against the Aggies, passing Charles Alexander’s 1977 rushing total of 1,686. Both played 11 games in the regular season. Fournette added a team-high four catches for 43 yards. Freshman running back Derrius Guice put LSU ahead for good, 13-7, with a 50-yard end-around for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. Fournette’s 4-yard touchdown run with 2:50 remaining gave LSU its final margin. Guice finished with 73 yards on 10 carries. The Tigers combined to rush for 244 yards on 47 attempts. LSU had its 35th 200-plus yard rushing game under Miles. LSU has won 25 straight games when rushing for 200 or more yards as a team and the Tigers are 32-3 under Miles when reaching that mark.
The Tigers defense carried its offense throughout the game, holding Texas A&M to 250 total yards with four sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. “We stalled out,” Sumlin postgame. “We had some long fields, moved the ball and stalled out across the 50-yard line. We really had some issues trying to block them.”
Aggies freshman Christian Kirk gained 130 all-purpose yards against the Tigers as he broke the old freshman single season record of 1,542 set by Cyrus Gray in 2008. RB Tra Carson joined an elite club of Aggies who have rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season. He was the 11th Aggie to reach 1,000 and the first since QB Johnny Manziel had 1,410 in 2012. Carson is the first RB to hit 1,000 since Gray had 1,045 in 2011.
Why Bet LSU?
Because it has the second-most talented roster in the SEC and the best running back in the country in Fournette, who is the Heisman Trophy favorite at many sportsbooks. He was selected to the Doak Walker Award Watch List for the second consecutive season. Last season Fournette was one of three finalists for the award that is presented to the nation’s top college running back each year.
Fournette was a consensus First-Team All-American in 2015 after he tied or set eight LSU single-season records as a sophomore. The only player in LSU history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, Fournette shattered the LSU single-season rushing record by running for 1,953 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns a year ago. Fournette became the first Southeastern Conference player to lead the nation in rushing with an average 162.8 yards per game in 2015.
LSU placed 10 players on the 2016 Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference Teams. LSU’s 10 players were the second-most of any team, only behind Alabama’s 12 selections. Four Tigers earned spots on the All-SEC First Team with Fournette at running back, Ethan Pocic at center, Kendell Beckwith at linebacker and Tre’Davious White at cornerback. LSU football team was picked by the league’s media to finish second overall and second in the SEC West Division to Alabama.
Why Bet Texas A&M?
They have two superstars as well in Kirk and defensive end Myles Garrett. Kirk, a sophomore wide receiver from Scottsdale, Ariz., earned Freshman All-America and SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2015 after leading the Aggies in catches, receiving yards, touchdowns, punt and kickoff return yardage and all-purpose yardage. Garrett was the SEC leader in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles in 2015 and ranked in the top five nationally in all three statistical categories.
The Aggies will have the QB edge most likely with Trevor Knight over LSU’s Brandon Harris. Knight is a graduate transfer from Oklahoma. Knight finished off Texas A&M’s spring practice with a strong showing in the Maroon-and- White spring game, completing 25-of- 36 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown, an interception and rushing for a touchdown. For the starting job, Knight beat out junior Jake Hubenak, who started the Aggies’; bowl loss to Louisville in December and appeared in five games last season. At Oklahoma, Knight is best known for leading the Sooners to a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns en route to MVP honors in the game.
My Free Betting Pick
This LSU roster is loaded. Take the Tigers on NCAA football odds.