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Texas A&M Aggies College Football Betting

Texas A&M Aggies NCAA Football Betting

National signing day was further proof that Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher has his program on the right track. Texas A&M finished in the top ten once again as Fisher was able to build on the momentum of his best season in three years at College Station. After a 52-24 loss at Alabama in their second game, which followed a lackluster 17-12 home win over outmanned Vanderbilt in the season opener, Fisher was under intense fire for not delivering the goods despite a monster contract. It was a classic fork in the road moment for coach and program. Texas A&M responded with a thrilling 41-38 home win over Florida and went undefeated from that point. A good case could be made that the Aggies belonged in the college football playoff. Instead, they’ll play in the Orange Bowl.

Texas A&M Aggies Weekly Odds

Texas A&M Aggies -6

North Carolina Tar Heels +6

Total 69.5

Texas A&M Aggies Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, January 2, 2021, the Texas A&M Aggies will face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN.

North Carolina last played on December 12 and annihilated a well-regarded Miami Hurricanes team 62-26 as 3-point road dogs with the game going over the total of 72. North Carolina has a record of 8-3 straight up, 5-6 against the spread, and 6-5 over the total. The Tar Heels rank 7th for scoring offense and 60th for points allowed.

Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell has an impressive 182.2 rating with 27 touchdown passes and 10.6 yards per pass. Just as impressive is that running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams both totaled over 1140 yards rushing.

Texas A&M has developed into a profitable team under Jimbo Fisher. The Aggies have covered the spread in 20 out of their last 34 games. In non-conference games, Texas A&M is 8-2 vs. the line. Texas A&M is 2-3 against the spread in bowl games. In neutral site games, the Aggies are 6-5 vs. the line.

Texas A&M has gone under the total in 19 out of 34 games. The Aggies are 6-4 over the total in non-conference games. In neutral site games, Texas A&M is 5-6 under the total. And in bowl games, the Aggies are 3-2 over the number.

Texas A&M Aggies Weekly Recap

The Texas A&M Aggies are coming off a 34-13 win at Tennessee last Saturday as 13.5-point chalk with the game going under the total of 49. The Aggies are now 8-1 straight up, 5-4 against the spread, and 4-5 under the total. A&M ranks 31st in the nation for total offense and 14th for defense.

Kellen Mond finished with a 147.9 QB rating, 19 touchdown passes, and just 3 interceptions. While running back Isaiah Spiller ran for 986 yards, 5.6 yards per rush, and 7 touchdowns.

Texas A&M showed the progress of becoming a team that plays some of the best complimentary football in the country. Fisher has defied conventional wisdom this year by using a more conventional approach of strong running, play-action passing, and stout defense. For those who believe that college football is now about basketball on grass Jimbo Fisher would disagree.

Part of this style was of course based out of necessity. Quarterback Kellen Mond is a classic game manager.  Mond never could win games on his own or put up numbers such as Mac Jones of Alabama. But what he can do is hit the necessary passes and eliminate mistakes. In the same way, Fisher was able to turn this into an advantage. He was able to build an entire team rather than ride the spectacular play of a quarterback such as Johnny Manziel.

One of the great ironies of “Johnny Football” was that while he was sensational in the short term, he may have held the Aggies and then-coach Kevin Sumlin back. Texas A&M rode Manziel for all he was worth but never built a complete team in the process. Fisher is fixing that, much to his credit.

When you combine this year’s improvement with the strong recruiting classes by Fisher you have a bright future for the Aggies program.

2020 Texas A&M Aggies Schedule

Date Opponent Score
Sep 26 vs. Vanderbilt W 17-12
Oct 3 @ Alabama L 24-52
Oct 10 vs. Florida W 41-38
Oct 17 @ Mississippi State W 28-14
Oct 31 vs. Arkansas W 42-31
Nov 7 @ South Carolina W 48-3
Nov 28 vs. LSU W 20-7
Dec 5 @ Auburn W 31-20
Dec 19 @ Tennessee W 34-13
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