The 15th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils are 3.5-point underdogs when they visit the Texas A&M Aggies. The game kicks off this Saturday at 7:00 PM ET at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
Both teams have 16 returning starters. The Sun Devils almost won a second-straight Pac-12 South title last year. The Aggies struggled through the second half of last season due to QB uncertainties. They did manage to pull an upset over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl to finish 8-5.
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#15 Arizona State Sun Devils Vs Texas A&M Aggies Betting Spread, My ATS Pick & How To Watch
#15 Arizona State Sun Devils vs Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Houston, TX
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Odds: Texas A&M -3.5
Game Total: 69
Radio: Arizona State vs Texas A&M
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Why Bet On Arizona State To Cover A 3.5-Point Spread Against Texas A&M
Arizona State was one of the top teams in college football going into their battle with Oregon State last season. The Sun Devils had just beaten the tar out of Notre Dame 55 to 31. With only a single loss on their record, the Sun Devils had an outside shot to win the Pac 12 and garner College Football Playoff consideration.
What happened the very next week? ASU lost to Oregon State 27 to 35 as a -7 points road favorite. The Sun Devils subsequently lost to rival Arizona 35 to 42 in Week 14. In both of those losses, ASU gave up more yardage than they normally did last season. Versus Oregon State, the Sun Devils gave up 498 yards. That’s incredible for a team that relies on its defense.
The old saying is that you can live or die by the blitz. ASU is the epitome of that statement. Versus Notre Dame last season, the Sun Devils’ pressure forced 4 interceptions and a fumble. Versus Oregon State, ASU forced only 1 interception and 1 fumble. Oregon State’s QB at the time continually beat the blitz. The Beavers also beat Oregon State with the draw.
ASU’s offense should be very good. It’s going to score points in this game, but if the blitz isn’t working, ASU may not score enough points to cover the spread.
Why Bet On Texas A&M To Cover A 3.5-Point Spread Against Arizona State
Texas A&M has two starting quarterbacks on their team. Kyle Allen is listed as the starter, but the Aggies have to use freshman Kyler Murray at least in spots versus ASU. Murray has incredible skills. He’s only 5’ 11” and 185 pounds, but he’s amazingly quick and reads defenses very well. Murray is the perfect QB to beat ASU’s blitzing scheme.
Allen isn’t too shabby, either. The 6’ 3”, 210 pounds QB showed flashes of brilliance last season. As a freshman, he threw for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns against Auburn in a 41 to 38 win. Allen looked great the very next week when throwing for 237 yards, completing 68% of his passes, and 3 touchdowns versus Missouri.
Kyle Allen has the ability to be a quarterback at the next level. He should have no trouble picking apart an overly aggressive ASU defense if the offensive line gives him time. The key for A&M in this game and during the regular season will be how well John Chavis, who built awesome defenses at LSU, gets the D to play at College Station. Chavis is a master defensive coach. If his kids step it up versus ASU, the Aggies could blow out the Sun Devils in this matchup.
I am picking Texas A&M to win big, my final score prediction is Texas A&M 49, Arizona State 28