College Football Week 8 Predictions: Auburn Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Auburn Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, 10/19/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Texas A&M -14
Current Betting Line: Texas A&M -13.5
Opening Total: 72.5
Current Total: 73
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Auburn leads the Southeastern Conference in averaging 287.0 rushing yards per game, as it comes off a 62-3 victory over Western Carolina, while going OVER the betting total of 56.5. Offensively, the team racked up 712 yards a week ago—a number that set a school record in that particular category. The Tigers are holding opponents to a 13 percent conversion rate in the fourth quarter this season, which happens to lead all teams within the conference. Auburn is 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS on the road over the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in the betting total (5-5 Over/Under).
The Tigers have lost all three all-time meetings against the Aggies, including a 63-21 setback as 14-point home underdogs last season, as they were out-gained by a 671-335 margin. Auburn is 6-11-1 SU all-time in games played in Texas, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines in Week 8. It’s important to consider that the program has won 81 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.
Texas A&M has won three games in a row since suffering a heartbreaking loss to Alabama, including a 41-38 victory over the Mississippi Rebels as seven-point road favorites last Saturday. The Aggies bring in a FBS-best nine-game streak of 40-point games into this affair, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions. Offensively, the team has gained 400-plus yards in 18 straight games—a school record and the second-longest streak of its kind among FBS programs. Texas A&M is 12-1 SU and 10-3 ATS as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points in its last 13 opportunities in that situation.
The Aggies lead the country in chances, scores and touchdowns in the red zone, which isn’t very surprising due to having quarterback Johnny Manziel under center. Since the end of the 2010 season, Kevin Sumlin has compiled an impressive 28-4 record at Houston and Texas A&M. The school has scored first in 18 of 19 games under Sumlin’s direction.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five games.
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