Date: August 30 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Current Line: Texas A&M by 8
Texas A&M comes into 2012 with a new head coach in Kevin Sumlin, new starting quarterback (Jameill Showers) and a new home in the SEC. The Aggies will feature talented senior running back Christine Michael, whose junior year was cut short due to a torn ACL. The Aggies also will have the talented tackle duo of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, who should be able to hold off the Bulldogs defense. With that being said, the Bulldogs come into this matchup with a chip on their shoulders.
The Bulldogs come into the 2012 season as the clear favorite to win the WAC and are looking to make a splash from the get-go. Quarterback Colby Cameron returns after he passed for 1,667 yards and 13 touchdowns. LT also has an experienced O-Line back for the 2012 campaign. The Bulldogs offense last year generated 394.6 yards and 30.1 points per game. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs defense will have four returnees. Last year, the Bulldogs gave up 376.5 yards per game, which was 57th best in the nation, and they only allowed 23.2 points per game.
Texas A&M has been 4-1 ATS against LT since 1992, but LT was 11-4 ATS as an underdog in the last three seasons. Texas A&M has gone 9-10 as the favorite ATS. The over-under is a crab shoot as Texas A&M has gone over 13 times and under 12 in the last three seasons, while LT has gone 13 over and 11 under.
I expect this game to be a high scoring affair. Louisiana Tech will hang around throughout the ball game as Texas A&M's defense will struggle.
Louisiana Tech (+8)
Final Score: Texas A&M 45, Louisiana Tech 38