LSU-Texas A&M: Preview and prediction

Happy Thanksgiving! This is always one of the most enjoyable weeks of the year for me personally and for many people. Besides the holiday, there are some big games in college football this weekend particularly in the Southeastern Conference. Tomorrow we will look at the top games of the weekend. Today we look at tonight’s matchup between LSU and Texas A&M. Let’s dig in right away.

LSU (6-4) vs. Texas A&M (8-3)

When: Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: College Station, Texas

TV: ESPN

Players to Watch: LSU – RB Derrius Guice, RB Leonard Fournette, LB Duke Riley; Texas A&M – DE Myles Garrett, QB Trevor Knight, RB Trayveon Williams

Preview: This year’s edition of LSU-Texas A&M has a lot at stake for both teams even though Alabama has already clinched the division. For LSU, this will probably be (game-time decision) superstar running back Leonard Fournette’s last regular season game. Couple that with Ed Orgeron needing this victory badly if he hopes to even possibly stay in contention for the permanent LSU head coaching job, and you see why it is so important for the Tigers.

For Texas A&M, they can put an exclamation point on an up-and-down season with a win over LSU for the first time since the mid-’90s. Also, coach Kevin Sumlin’s team (with a win) can make their case for a Sugar Bowl bid depending on how the other games across the conference shake out.

Everyone knows how good LSU is on defense. They currently are No. 11  in the country in total defense, and the unit should be a big factor in this game despite the loss to injury of leading tackler Kendell Beckwith.

Moving to the opposing sideline, the A&M defense is giving up well over a hundred yards more per game than LSU. Although inconsistent, the Aggies’ defense does have talent (see defensive end Myles Garrett), and I think defensive coordinator John Chavis will have this unit ready to play in this game.

On offense, Texas A&M has the slight edge in this matchup. Talented dual-threat quarterback Trevor Knight will be back for this game, and that is huge in this game. He is a difference maker, plain and simple.

Knight will have a slew of weapons at his disposal including a receiving corps led by stars Josh Reynolds and the speedy Christian Kirk (also a dangerous kick return man) and a breakout freshman running back Trayveon Williams, who has rushed for 956 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season.

LSU’s offense is not shabby either though not prolific. They are led by a top rushing attack. Even if Fournette is unavailable for this game, Derrius Guice has proven to be a capable back this season.

This game is going to be an entertaining one, but I think Texas A&M finally gets the psychological weight off its shoulders and finally beats LSU thanks to Trevor Knight having himself a game. However, LSU will keep it close.

Prediction: Texas A&M 27-LSU 24

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