The college football season begins with a few underrated matchups. We of course have the SEC showdown between South Carolina and Vanderbilt, but the Texas A&M Aggies and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs matchup should provide great entertainment as well.
The Aggies are turning a new chapter with a new head coach and a new conference, while Louisiana Tech looks to build on last year's success where it won the WAC title.
For those of you that are looking to get off to a terrific start with the college football season, here is everything you need to know about the Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech matchup.
TV: ESPNU, 7:30 PM ET, August 30, 2012
Line: Texas A&M -7
About the Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M is heading into its first season in the SEC and will have a new head coach in Kevin Sumlin leading the way. The Aggies return eight starters from an offense that averaged 39 points per game last season and six starters from a defense that should be improved.
The Aggies finished the 2011 season with a sub-par 7-6 record, but five of those losses came by a touchdown or less.
About the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Head coach Sonny Dykes has quickly turned the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs into one of the better teams in the WAC. They are also a team that made a lot of money for sports bettors last season, covering 11 of the 12 lines that were available.
The Bulldogs averaged 30 points last season and return eight starters, including the starting quarterback, three key receivers and four starters on the offensive line. That alone is good enough to like this team in 2012, but they also return six starters from a defense that was ranked 42nd in points allowed. Needless to say, Louisiana Tech should be the favorite to win the WAC once again.
Texas A&M will have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves to the SEC this season, but this is the definition of a trap game. Louisiana Tech showed last season what they were capable of, (losing to TCU, Houston, Southern Miss and Mississippi State by a combined 17 points) and a majority of those starters are returning.
The Aggies may very well win this game straight up, but I do believe we have an upset on our hands. Louisiana Tech is an experienced team, at home and will have a great home field advantage, as this is a game that could make their season early on. The Bulldogs are 6-0 against the spread in their last six non-conference games and are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games overall.
The pick: Louisiana Tech +7