College Football Picks: Sam Houston State vs. Texas A&M

Jeff Grant

Friday, September 6, 2013 3:01 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 3:01 PM UTC

The Texas A&M Aggies have their biggest game of the year on deck, as they prepare to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats Saturday.

Let’s take a closer look atthis match-up in Kyle Field for our College Football Picks, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Strong FCS program

Sam Houston opened up its 2013 campaign with a 74-0 victory over Houston Baptist last Saturday, as the program focuses on reaching the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game for a third consecutive year.

The Bearkats’ 31 victories in Willie Fritz’s first three years as head coach stands at the most in three consecutive years in the school’s 97 seasons of football.

All eyes on Johnny Football

Texas A&M picked up a 52-31 season-opening victory over the Rice Owls as 28-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting odds total of 69.

All eyes were focused on Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, who played only in the second half due to a NCAA suspension—completing 6 of 8 passes for 94 yards and throwing three touchdowns.

Very little success in this situation

College football handicappers will find that the Bearkats are 0-11 SU all-time against the Aggies, including a 47-28 setback as 33.5-point road underdogs last year, as they managed to make the box score respectable by scoring 21 points in the final quarter.

Sam Houston State is 3-26 SU versus FBS opponents since 1986, with all 29 of those games being played on the road.

Offensively, the team will be led by running back Timothy Flanders, who has gained 4,285 career rushing yards on 767 carries.

Looking ahead

There’s no doubt that the Aggies’ roster will be looking ahead to its showdown with the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide next Saturday, especially since the program hasn’t lost a non-conference home games versus an in-state foe since 1954.

Texas A&M has racked up 400-plus yards of total offense in 13 consecutive games, which has been made possible by Manziel’s dual-threat ability.

He completed 14 of 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bearkats in 2012.



I’m going to recommend that readers play the total, as the Aggies will likely keep things very vanilla offensively, while the Bearkats should be more confident on the defensive side of the football in playing a game in this series in back-to-back years.

College Football Pick: Under 69 at Will Hill

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