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LSU (8-3) vs. Texas A&M (7-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Network: SEC Network
And this will be the first game of the rest of Texas A&M’s live
Kevin Sumlin is a solid head coach who’s done some good things, but seven wins isn’t enough to get excited about for a program that expects to be a big part of the SEC West discussion. And now, according to several reports, he’s about to be let go no matter what happens against LSU.
A large part of the base has been looking to get rid of Sumlin to get in on the latest spin of the coaching carousel, and now it’s happening.
But what if A&M wins? Win, and all of a sudden, the 2017 season doesn’t look all that bad with the losses coming to Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama – all highly ranked CFP teams – to go along with the painful opener against UCLA.
But Sumlin is supposedly getting launched anyway.
On the other side is an LSU team that wasn’t expected to do much of anything. The loss to Troy put the Tigers at 3-2 in what appeared to be a lost year, and then came the run.
Winners of five of its last seven games, LSU still has a shot at a ten-win season with plenty of hope for a strong 2018.
With a win over Auburn and easy victories over Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee, Tiger fans will take it – for now.
And then next year the expectations will be for a run to the SEC West title.
One Reason Why LSU Will Win
The LSU defensive front should live in the A&M backfield.
The Aggie offensive line has been fine, but it’s struggling a wee bit in pass protection and it hasn’t been able to keep the ground game cranking week after week.
It’s the consistency of the LSU defensive front and the plays behind the line that’s been the difference over the nice run over the second half of the season. And now it should continue.
The Tigers have come up with seven tackles for loss five times and three times in the last five games. It’s all leading to third down stop after third down stop, with only Troy and Mississippi State going over the 50% mark. No one has converted more than 38% of their chances over the last six games.
Texas A&M’s offense has had its moments, but it’s still just 12th in the SEC in converting third downs. It’s just not consistent enough.
One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win
The emergence of Nick Starkel has changed the dynamic of the A&M offense. It’s not that Kellen Mond was awful, but Starkel is bringing the passing game.
He hit New Mexico for 416 yards and four scores, and was able to outplay the high-powered Ole Miss attack with 272 yards and a touchdown. With eight touchdown passes and just two picks over the last four games, now there’s more pop and explosion for LSU to worry about.
The LSU secondary has been solid, but Starkel is the one chance to get this into a shootout – A&M would like to make this into more of a track meet.
The Aggies will turn it loose with all the expectations on the LSU side, and after allowing Tennessee to throw a little bit last week, the Tigers should get hit for around 250 yards.
If Starkel gets time.
What’s Going To Happen
1995. That’s the last time Texas A&M beat LSU.
The Aggies haven’t beaten the Tigers since moving into the SEC world, and that’s after losing the 2011 Cotton Bowl.
The streak will continue.
The LSU offensive balance, the explosion of Derrius Guice, and the lack of easy giveaways to the A&M defense will set the tone, and the defensive front will do the rest.
Texas A&M is okay, but LSU is starting to play great. However, watch out for A&M to rise up and play at a whole other level for Sumlin. It won’t be enough to win, but the Aggies will keep it close.
Fittingly, the Aggies will come up just short.
LSU vs. Texas A&M Prediction
LSU 31, Texas A&M 23
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