Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Texas A&M Aggies: College Football Week 9 Betting Odds and Picks

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, 10/26/13, 12:21 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Texas A&M -18.5
Current Betting Line:  Texas A&M -17
Opening Total:  70
Current Total:  68.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Texas A&M Aggies lead the SEC in averaging 46.9 points per game
The Texas A&M Aggies lead the SEC in averaging 46.9 points per game

Vanderbilt has alternated wins and losses over its last three games, as it comes off a 31-27 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 6.5-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 63.5.  The Commodores are 12-4 in their last 16 games, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks in Week 9.  Three of the team’s losses in the latest 16-game stretch have come to teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll.  Vanderbilt is 0-5 SU and 3-2 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Commodores have lost 11 straight road games against ranked opponents, with all of those setbacks coming against Southeastern Conference rivals.  Vanderbilt has produced at least 24 points in 13 consecutive games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  Offensively, the team has scored on 27 of 31 red-zone possessions, which has led to the unit averaging 33.3 points per game.

Texas A&M is the SEC team leader in averaging 46.9 points and 588.7 yards per game, with quarterback Johnny Manziel leading the way.  He is throwing for 327.0 yards per game, while accounting for 396.4 yards of total offense.  The Aggies enter this affair on a 10-game streak of scoring 40 or more points, while they’ve gained 400 or more total yards in 19 consecutive contests.  Texas A&M is 7-4 SU and 2-9 ATS in October the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 8-3 in those 11 opportunities.

The Aggies have scored 14 or more points in the first quarter in six consecutive games, while accomplishing that type of total in 12 of 20 games under second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin.  Texas A&M has scored first in 19 of 20 games under Sumlin, with the only failure coming in the 2013 season opener against the Rice Owls.  Manziel will be targeting wide receiver Mike Evans early and often, as his nine receiving touchdowns lead the conference.

Sports bettors will likely back the Aggies due to their 5-0 ATS mark following a SU loss.

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