Texas A&M Football: How to Watch the LSU Game, Predictions, and More
The Texas A&M football team will try to rewrite the season narrative with a win over the LSU Tigers on Thanksgiving Day at Kyle Field.
This game may or may not have Sugar Bowl implications. It certainly was looking like it might when the Tigers and Aggies were rolling a few weeks ago, but both teams have stumbled down the stretch in November.
Interim coach Ed Orgeron and coach Kevin Sumlin were adored in October. Now Orgeron is almost certainly out of the running for the full time job at LSU. Sumlin is probably safe, but a win against the Tigers would go a long way to quelling all questions about his job security.
Location: College Station, Texas
Venue: Kyle Field
Time: 6:30 pm CT
TV: ESPN, WatchESPN
Betting Line: Texas A&M +7 (opened at A&M +4.5)
Texas A&M Against the Spread this Year: 5-6
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Texas A&M: Playing in place of an injured Trevor Knight, Jake Hubenak: 58-97, 52.5% completions, 6 TD, 2 Int, 146.3 QBR
LSU: Danny Etling, 124-212, 58.5% completions, 7 TD, 4 INT, 128.3 QBR
Texas A&M: Trayveon Williams: 137 carries, 956 yards, 7 TD
LSU: Derrius Guice: 120 carries, 964 yards,10 TD
Texas A&M: Josh Reynolds: 46 catches, 834 yards, 9 TD
LSU: Malachi Dupre: 30 catches, 404 yards, 2 TD
Texas A&M: Myles Garrett: 8.5 sacks, 14.0 TFL
LSU: Arden Key: 9.0 sacks, 10.5 TFL
Texas A&M: Justin Evans: 4 INT, 6 passes defended
LSU: Tre’Darious White: 2 INT, 10 passes defended
What They’re Saying
First off, a tip of the cap to the A&M student body who raised $50,000 for Louisiana flood relief.
Texas A&M students will present LSU with a $50,000 check for flood relief during Thursday's game pic.twitter.com/23FGtKsLzv
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 23, 2016
While both teams remained ranked in the AP Poll, neither appeared in the College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings
NEW AP POLL@SEC in the ranks:
22. Texas A&M
*Bama received all 61 1st place votes
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 20, 2016
Sumlin didn’t say there was no way Trevor plays, so there’s always a chance.
Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight (shoulder) said he feels like he could go against LSU. Said up to doctors to say if he’s structurally cleared.
— Travis L. Brown (@Travis_L_Brown) November 21, 2016
Some are picking the Tigers.
Week 13 Prediction#Thanskgiving Night Game
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) November 23, 2016
But Saturday Down South is picking the Aggies!
5 bold predictions for LSU vs. Texas A&M (and a bonus about Tigers’ next coach) https://t.co/Mmo2KLWj1W
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) November 23, 2016
For the first time this season I’m picking against the Aggies, at least on paper. There’s no doubt that this team has the talent to compete at a high level, but the defense hasn’t shown enough consistency against the running game to make me think they’ll somehow be able to silence LSU.
The Aggies catch a huge break with future first round draft pick Leonard Fournette remaining in Baton Rouge for this game, but his backup Derrius Guice isn’t a slouch. I won’t be surprised if A&M finds a way to pull out a close game, but all the numbers are in the Tigers’ favor this weekend.
***Stats from ESPN, Sports Reference***
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