LSU Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Rob Bolden #1 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers are still in the mix for a return trip to the BCS title game, but LSU bettors want to be in the mix more immediately—they're looking for a profitable day.

LSU has failed to cover the spread the past four times it was favored as the Tigers hit the road to play the Aggies of Texas A&M Saturday afternoon in College Station (noon ET, ESPN). They were favored by three points at most shops tracked by late Friday.

Can LSU overcome some offensive woes to pick up a must-win? Or can Texas A&M pick up the biggest win of its short SEC existence? And who's going to cover the point spread on this game?

The Tigers opened their season with a 41-14 win over North Texas, beat Washington 41-3 and then dispatched Idaho 63-14. LSU then began SEC play with a 12-10 win at Auburn, then stepped back out of conference play to beat Towson 38-22.

But the Tigers then could only muster 200 yards of offense in a 14-6 loss at Florida.

However, last week LSU bounced back to defeat previously unbeaten South Carolina 23-21. So far this season the Tigers have outrushed opponents—on average—by a 207-91 YPG margin.

But in performing below expectations on the college football betting lines, LSU is 2-5 ATS this season.

The Aggies opened their season with a 20-17 loss to Florida in what was also their first-ever game as a member of the SEC. But A&M has since won five in a row, scoring 48 points in beating SMU, 70 points in beating South Carolina State, 58 points in rocking Arkansas, 30 points in winning at Ole Miss and, last week, 59 points in outlasting a ranked Louisiana Tech team 59-57.

On the season the Aggies are averaging 544 YPG on offense and outrushing foes by a 236-125 YPG margin.

So the Aggies and Tigers, both 2-1 in SEC play, are tied for third place in the West Division, a game behind both Alabama and Mississippi State. These teams last met two seasons ago in the Cotton Bowl, LSU coming away with a 41-21 victory.


Free Pick

 The Aggies are certainly adept at putting points on the board, but good defense usually beats good offense. So we'll give the points and take the Tigers for Saturday (courtesy of


All odds, stats and trends mentioned courtesy of Mike Pickett is a Contributor to Bleacher Report.