Auburn Adds to Sumlin’s and Texas A&M’s Woes in SEC West Clash

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 2:30 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 2:30 PM GMT

Does Texas A&M have enough to pull off an upset against No. 14 Auburn this Saturday in College Station? Join us for a free college football pick in this SEC West battle.

NCAAF Season Record: 28-31-2 (-3.80)

Free NCAAF Pick: Auburn -15Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Did last week’s whipping at the hands of Mississippi State signal the start of Texas A&M’s annual late-season swoon? Notoriously bad the final month or so in recent years, the Aggies hope to turn that trend around with a big win in front of the Kyle Field faithful this Saturday when the No. 14 Auburn Tigers (rankings from CFP Top 25) pay a visit.

It’s an early kickoff, 12 PM (ET) with ESPN providing the television coverage. Auburn went out -13 at 5Dimes before early action on the Tigers pushed that up to -15. Scoreboard punters can find 51½ to 52½ for their wagering decision.

 

Aggies Ground Game Has Gone MIA

One of Gus Malzahn’s concerns this week is keeping his Auburn players from looking ahead to two huge conference games. The Tigers are home next week against No. 1 Georgia, then host No. 2 Alabama two weeks after that in the annual Iron Bowl showdown. Auburn is coming out of its bye after beating Arkansas in Week 8, piling up a whopping 345 yards on the ground and another 284 through the air in the 59-20 rout. The off time allowed several Tigers to heal from various injuries, but they’ll be without tailback Kamryn Pettway as the junior continues to battle a shoulder problem that has plagued him off and on all season.

Kevin Sumlin is likely entering the final four games of his days at A&M unless he can win at least two of his remaining three SEC games. The Aggies host New Mexico next week before closing at Ole Miss and LSU. Last week’s 35-14 setback to the Bulldogs as a 4-point underdog on the NCAA football odds saw the offense stymied on the ground for a 3rd straight game, Mississippi State limiting the Ags to just 96 yards rushing. The defense, meanwhile, allowed more than 200 yards rushing for a third straight contest. No official word yet from Sumlin who will start at QB this week, but signs point to Nick Starkel getting the nod over Kellen Mond.

 Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Road teams have ruled this series since A&M joined the SEC, the Aggies winning all three of their trips to Auburn, while the Tigers have taken both previous clashes in College Station. Each road win was also a cover. Their only other meetings prior to that took place in Dallas, one during the 1911 season and the other at the 1986 Cotton Bowl.

The area received a good dose of rain early in the week, but that should clear out before the weekend to leave behind partly cloudy skies and humid temps climbing into the mid-80s on Saturday. I’m going with the series trend for my free college football pick.

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