Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies: SEC Week 5 Betting Preview

Arkansas Razorbacks at Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, 9/29/12, 12:00 PM EST, TV:  SEC Network
Opening Point Spread:  Texas A&M Aggies -11
Current Betting Line:  Texas A&M Aggies -13.5
Opening Total:  62
Current Total:  63
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

Arkansas Razorbacks QB Tyler Wilson set a school record for total yards last year against the Texas A&M Aggies

Arkansas is set to play its first road game in Southeastern Conference play this weekend, as it looks to snap a three-game losing streak, which includes a 35-26 setback to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as 8.5-point home favorites last week.  “Our guys hung in there,” commented Razorbacks coach John L. Smith.  “They battled.”  The Razorbacks still have to be happy that Tyler Wilson has returned to the fold, considering he missed the team’s biggest game against Alabama two weeks ago.  Arkansas is 0-3 against the spread (ATS) as an underdog the last two-plus years, while the “over” is 3-0 in that situation.

The Razorbacks have won their last four games in the Lone Star State, which includes a victory in each of the last three years against Saturday’s opponent inside Cowboys Stadium.  Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton was one of the biggest stories nationally a week ago, breaking SEC and program single-game records with 303 receiving yards.  Offensively, the team ranks second in the conference and 25th in college football in averaging 294.8 passing yards per game.  Wilson set the school record with 481 yards of total offense in last year’s 42-38 victory in this series as 2.5-point underdogs.

Texas A&M will be seeking its first-ever conference victory as a member of the SEC, as it failed in its first opportunity in suffering a 20-17 loss to the Florida Gators as one-point home underdogs on Sept. 8.  “Our schedule is about to pick up in a hurry,” stated Aggies first-year head coach Kevin Sumlin.  The Aggies have done their best work in the middle two quarters this year, outscoring opponents by a 97-9 margin, including by 66 points in the second quarter.  Texas A&M is 3-0 ATS as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the “over” going 3-0 in that situation.

The Aggies have turned the ball over just one time this year, while scoring touchdowns on both of their takeaways.  Texas A&M has been tremendously tough on opponents on third down, allowing them to convert just 9 of 46 opportunities (20 percent).  Quarterback Johnny Manziel has proven to be an explosive player on the offensive end, as he ranks in a tied for the No. 2 spot nationally in points responsible for with an average of 24.0 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Razorbacks due to their 5-0 ATS record on the road after suffering back-to-back losses, while the Aggies are 0-8-1 ATS in conference affairs.

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