High Expectations Again in College Station: Pick Texas A&M Over ASU

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, September 3, 2015 3:33 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015 3:33 PM UTC

Our college football handicapper breaks down Saturday’s game between Arizona State & Texas A&M. Join us in reading this revealing betting preview article that concludes with a point spread pick.

Intriguing Neutral Site Opener Between Aggies and Sun Devils
The Texas A&M Aggies and Arizona State Sun Devils will meet on Saturday in each team’s season opener. This will be a neutral site game that will be played at NGR Stadium in Houston, Texas with a slated opening kickoff time of 7:00 PM Eastern.  According to current (9/2) College Football betting odds at Bookmaker, BetCris, and JustBet, Texas A&M is -3.0 (-111). The total on this contest is anywhere from 69.5 to 70.5.


Arizona State Rising Wave of Momentum
Since Todd Graham has taken over as head coach in 2012, the Sun Devils football program has been revitalized. During that three year span under Graham they’ve won a combined 28 games, and are coming off back to back 10 win seasons.


Bercovici Read to Shine for ASU
Senior quarterback Mike Bercovici gets his first opportunity to be a full time starter. However, it must be noted, Bercovici made three starts a season ago in place of an injured Taylor Kelly and was quite impressive. The Sun Devils went 2-1 in those contests. His starting debut came against UCLA during a 62-27 blowout loss. It was by no fault of Bercovici who was 42-of-68 passing for 488 yards in defeat. He then led his team to victories in each of the following two games against then #23 Stanford, and on the road as 12.0 point underdog versus a USC team that was ranked #16 at that time. Bervovici was especially superb versus USC at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, passing for 510 yards in a 38-34 upset win. The Sun Devils have seven returning starters from an offense that averaged 36.9 points per game a season ago.


High Expectations Again in College Station
Kevin Sumlin enters his fourth season as head coach for the Texas A&M Aggies. Sumlin has gone 28-11 in his first three years in charge, and his team is coming off a somewhat disappointing 8-5 campaign in 2014. That sounds a bit ludicrous to label an 8 win season less than satisfactory. However, the Aggies started last season 5-0, and went a combined 20-6 in Sumlin’s first two seasons. The Aggies return 8 starters from an offense which averaged 35.2 points and 455 yards per game in 2014. Sophomore Kyle Allen has won the starting quarterback completion over highly touted true freshman Kyler Murray. Allen appeared in 9 games last season, and started each of the Aggies final five contests. He accounted himself very well by throwing for 1322 yards, and tossed 16 touchdown passes while be intercepted 7 times.


Final Analysis
This certainly has all the earmarks of a game that could come down to the final possession. The determining factor may ultimately be which one of these defenses will be able to come up with a key stop or two at crunch time. That may be asking a lot since each of these stop units played poorly in 2014. The Aggies faithful will be out in full force with the game being played in somewhat close proximity to their campus.

My small lean here will be on the favorite for one of my College Football picks on Saturday.

College Football Pick: Play on Texas A&M -3.0 (-111) at Bookmaker

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