Predicting the Biggest Upset in College Football Week 8
LSU may still be a top-10 team, but the Tigers aren't the same dominant squad that made it to the national championship game last season.
That's why I see No. 18 Texas A&M upsetting LSU in College Station on Saturday.
LSU (6-1, 2-1 SEC) did just defeat a strong program in South Carolina, but when you look at the Tigers' season overall so far, there are some legitimate areas of concern.
While the Tigers are allowing just 2.6 yards per carry this season (sixth in the nation), we did see Florida's power running game have success against them. Gators senior running back Mike Gillislee rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns against LSU.
Beyond the 14-6 loss to Florida, LSU also put together some underwhelming performances against Auburn and FCS opponent Towson. Even though they were wins, you had a feeling that the team needed to improve dramatically after its contest against Florida.
LSU faces a Texas A&M squad on Saturday that is averaging 47.0 points per game this season (fifth in the nation). The Aggies feature freshman sensation and Heisman contender Johnny Manziel under center. They've averaged 5.87 yards per carry as a unit (seventh in the country) while racking up 19 rushing touchdowns, via cfbstats.com.
On top of that, Texas A&M hasn't lost since its first game of the season against Florida. The Aggies have won five straight games, while LSU is coming off a disheartening loss to the Gators. The Aggies have momentum and the Tigers don't.
There's also the fact that LSU junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has struggled this season. He's averaging 7.8 yards per pass attempt (tied for 37th in the nation) and has thrown six touchdowns to his four interceptions. In his only games against ranked opponents (Florida and South Carolina), he has combined to go 23-of-50 for 6.1 yards per attempt while posting two interceptions and zero touchdowns.
This would be a huge upset, but it helps that the Aggies are playing on their home turf and it's not as far-fetched as it may seem.
I'm giving Texas A&M the victory.
Prediction: Texas A&M 23, LSU 20
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