Fresh off a 62-3 Homecoming win over Western Carolina, Auburn opened as a 12-point underdog for its road game at Texas A&M, according to Odds Shark. The Tigers and Aggies kick off from Kyle Field in College Station Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
A&M had a much closer Week 7 game, escaping Oxford, Miss., with a 41-38 victory over Ole Miss. The Aggies trailed, 38-31, with four minutes left, but rallied for the final 10 points, including a game-winning 33-yard field goal on the last play of the game. They outgained the Rebels, 587-462, and racked up 33 first downs, but two key turnovers nearly did them in.
The Tigers will have their hands full with the A&M offense. The Aggies lead the SEC with 47.8 points and 586.5 yards per game, and quarterback Johnny Manziel is probably the best player in the country. Auburn ranks 10th in the conference, allowing 399.2 yards per contest, but the Tigers give up 18.8 points per game, which ranks third, and their 49 tackles for loss leads the pack.
Auburn's defense may struggle, but it should have an advantage running the ball. The Tigers rank first in the SEC, averaging 287.0 yards per game on the ground, while A&M gives up 201.2 rushing yards per game, ranking 13th.
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