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.

Game Info

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)

Over/Under: 48

Texas A&M Against the Spread this Year: 5-6

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Statistical Leaders

Passing

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

Rushing

Texas A&M: Trayveon Williams: 137 carries, 956 yards, 7 TD

LSU: Derrius Guice: 120 carries, 964 yards,10 TD

Receiving

Texas A&M: Josh Reynolds: 46 catches, 834 yards, 9 TD

LSU: Malachi Dupre: 30 catches, 404 yards, 2 TD

Front Seven:

Texas A&M: Myles Garrett: 8.5 sacks, 14.0 TFL

LSU: Arden Key: 9.0 sacks, 10.5 TFL

Secondary

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.

While both teams remained ranked in the AP Poll, neither appeared in the College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings

Sumlin didn’t say there was no way Trevor plays, so there’s always a chance.

Some are picking the Tigers.

But Saturday Down South is picking the Aggies!

Predictions

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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