College Football Picks: Vanderbilt vs.Texas A&M

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:57 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 2:57 PM GMT

The Texas A&M Aggies will look to bounce back from their second loss of the season, as they prepare to host the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday. Find out who've SBR's decided to back up for this weekend's College Football Picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Kyle Field, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:20 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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Gaining confidence

Vanderbilt has won 12 of its last 16 games dating back to last season, as it comes off a 31-27 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 6.5-point home underdogs last Saturday—the program’s first win over a ranked team in five years.

The Commodores have had 15 players start all seven games this season, including eight on the defensive side of the ball.

College football handicappers will find that the Commodores are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a SU win.

Falling short

Texas A&M’s two losses this season have come by a combined 11 points, including a 45-41 setback to the Auburn Tigers as 12.5-point home favorites in Week 8, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Aggies lead the SEC and rank fourth nationally in averaging 46.9 points per game, while they’ve established an ongoing school-record of scoring 40 or more points in their last 10 affairs.

40 is the key number

College football handicappers need to realize that the Commodores are 0-2 SU/ATS in their two games when allowing 40-plus points in two-plus seasons under head coach James Franklin.

Vanderbilt has the ability to match Texas A&M on the scoreboard, as the team has averaged 37.4 points per game over its last 14 contests.

Manziel

The health of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel is definitely a concern, as he’s missed time on the field due to injury in the last two games, but he’s still one of the more dynamic playmakers in college football.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has generated 10 games of 400-plus yards of total offense in his career since arriving at College Station.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Aggies with their College Football picks, as they’ve gone 3-0 SU/ATS following a loss under head coach Kevin Sumlin.

College Football Pick:  Texas A&M Aggies -18

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