The LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies might not be traditional rivals. But after the past two seasons, it’s pretty clear that both entities don’t really care for each other. The 2020 edition of this SEC West matchup will feature a bit of a paradigm shift, as Texas A&M comes in ranked #5 while LSU is unranked at this juncture. The Tigers have looked listless at times, while A&M has knocked on the door of the SEC Championship Game, a destination they have yet to reach since making the move from the Big XII almost a decade ago.
The Aggies have just one loss on their record this year, a 52-24 clubbing by the Alabama Crimson Tide. That sent them back a bit, and they’ll need a whole lot of help over the next few weeks if they want to make it to Atlanta. But the CFB Playoff might be on their radar too, and it’s not a stretch to say that they are a few steps away from possibly flying into that as well. But of course, it’s one step at a time for the Aggies, who certainly want to taste that kind of success after waiting quite a while.
LSU, meanwhile, is used to that kind of success. That’s made this year such a drastic shift. The Tigers did get up to .500 last week with their 27-24 win over rival Arkansas. It was a gutty win for LSU, who dug deep to fend off the pesky Razorbacks. It was also perhaps a much-needed confidence boost, and the vibes could be different around them as they head into College Station as underdogs. And it certainly would be sweet for them to spoil the fun the Aggies have been having this year.
The Tigers will have to prevent the Aggies from getting what they want on the ground in this one. A&M has collected 5.4 yards per carry on the year, and have just one showing on their record of under 4.0 YPC (Guess who?). LSU has been solid against the run, not spectacular. They’ve allowed 4.3 yards per carry but have improved after two rough showings against Mizzou and South Carolina. They gave up just 3.9 YPC last week to Arkansas, so a similar performance could move the needle.
The Aggies present a tough task for them on both ends, especially on defense. While their Comp% allowed of 68.1 percent is a lofty one, they’ve allowed just 1,455 yards through the air. They’ve also only given up 5.6 yards per play, which compared to LSU’s ghastly mark of 7.3 is a far cry. Put simply, LSU will have to probably play their best game of the year against A&M and hope for some big plays to come about. Otherwise, the night could be a long one.
How to Watch
Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Texas A&M -15.5
Moneyline: Texas A&M -700 | LSU +470