LSU is a 2.5 point road favorite in Thanksgiving night football betting odds against Texas A&M in a game that could go a long way in determining which team ends up in which bowl game at the end of the season.
Both LSU and Texas A&M are bowl eligible even though neither one has a shot at either an SEC Championship nor getting into a New Year’s Day bowl game. There are plenty of other bowl games that LSU could end up in, though. It’s just a matter of how well they do against Texas A&M in this contest. The same holds for Texas A&M who could pad their bowl resume with a big victory over Louisiana State.
What You Need To Know:
- Texas A&M is receiving votes in the AP and USA Today polls, while LSU is not.
- The LSU Tigers are 7-4 on the year. They are 3-4 in SEC play, and 1-2 away from home.
- The Tigers are coming off of a 17-0 loss to Arkansas.
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) November 25, 2014
Louisiana State Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies
When: Thursday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 pm ET
Betting Line: LSU -2.5
Analyzing The LSU at Texas A&M Thanksgiving Day Football Betting Odds
LSU has been up and down this season. For every terrific victory, like the 10 to 7 win over Ole Miss in late October, there has been a huge let down. The Tigers lost 7 to 41 to Auburn and 29 to 34 to Mississippi State earlier this season. In fact, the only really good teams that LSU has beaten this season are Wisconsin, 28 to 24 in Week 1, and Ole Miss.
LSU’s last game, a 0 to 17 loss to Arkansas, was just ridiculous. As a 1 point dog, LSU was supposed to put up a fight. Arkansas laid the wood on defense, holding the Tigers to 123 total yards. It was one of the worst performances by an offense in a major conference this season.
Coach Miles on Thursday's game: Our football team knows what it needs to do. The plan is good, and our guys are zeroing in on that plan.
— LSU Football (@LSUfball) November 24, 2014
LSU might find the going easier against A&M this Thursday night. The Tigers usually put up 373.6 yards and 28 points per game. The Tigers rush for 204.5 yards per contest. Texas A&M’s defense is one of the worst in the SEC. It allows teams to average 445.2 yards per game, including 208.9 rush yards per matchup. Teams average 28 points per game against the Aggies’ defense.
After the not so shocking 41 to 38 victory over Auburn, A&M could have continued to impress with a win over Missouri. Instead, the Aggies lost straight up 27 to 34. Texas A&M, in fact, has become one of the worst teams in college football when it comes to covering the spread. The Aggies are 4 and 7 overall ATS and they’ve gone 1 and 6 against the spread in their last 7 games.
LSU vs Texas A&M Historical Betting Trends
- LSU leads the all time series with Texas A&M by a count of 29-20-3.
- The first matchup between the Ags and Tigers took place in 1899. The Aggies won 52-0.
- LSU defeated Texas A&M last year in Baton Rouge by a score of 34-10.
- LSU was an original member of the SEC when the conference was established in 1932.
- LSU currently has an enrollment of 30,451 (2014).
This matchup really comes down to which team will stop the other’s offense. In that case, LSU could dominate. The Tigers have a very good defense, one that only allows 312.9 yards and 16.4 points per game, while Texas A&M has trouble running the ball.
That will be the difference. LSU’s strength on offense is rushing the ball while A&M’s weakness on defense is stopping the run. LSU should be able to control things with their rushing attack and score a relatively easy victory both straight up and against the spread in this SEC battle on Thanksgiving night.