Week 13 Texas A&M vs. LSU Picks & Predictions

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:00 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 3:00 PM GMT

Kevin Sumlin has done a masterful job during his time as a collegiate head coach in preparing his teams for life on the road, as the Texas A&M Aggies travel to take on the LSU Tigers Saturday. Is there a clear-cut way to bet against the NCAAF odds here?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA Football odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Tiger Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Check out SBRs NCAAF Week 13 Betting Odds Report

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Winning on the road

Texas A&M will be seeking a school-record 11th straight road victory, while its head coach hasn’t tasted defeat in that situation in his last 15 games dating back to his time at Houston.

The Aggies have won three games in a row, including a 51-41 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 19.5-point home favorites on Nov. 9, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.

Falling into a pattern

LSU has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from a disappointing 38-17 defeat to the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide as 14-point road underdogs in Week 11.

The Tigers are averaging 37.9 points and 460.4 yards per game, with the group being led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is the first player in school history to throw for 2,500 yards or more in back-to-back seasons.

It’s important to point out that the program is a dominating 22-1 SU under head coach Les Miles following a defeat.

Johnny Football

College football handicappers are going to take a long look at the road underdog in this affair, considering the Aggies are led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, who leads the country with 3,924 yards of total offense.

Texas A&M enters with an FBS-best 13-game streak of scoring 40 or more points, while it has hit the scoreboard first in 22 of 23 opportunities during the Sumlin era.

Plenty of weapons

Mettenberger has plenty of weapons at his disposal, with wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry on the perimeter, while running back Jeremy Hill sets up behind him in the team’s pro-style offense.

He has compiled a solid 17-6 record during his time on campus, and has played an instrumental part in the program leading the country in third-down conversion percentage at 57.6.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Aggies for their college football picks, but only if the weather cooperates, as the forecasts suggest a 60 percent chance of thundershowers throughout the game.

LSU’s power running game gives it a definitive advantage in this matchup if sloppy conditions come to fruition in Baton Rouge.

College Football Pick:  Texas A&M Aggies +4.5 (good weather conditions)

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