Alabama at Texas A&M - 10/17/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (4-1) at Texas A&M Aggies (5-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Kyle Field)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies +4 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies square off Saturday at Kyle Field.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look for a big road win that would give them their third victory over a ranked team. Jake Coker is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,238 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Coker has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart have combined for 624 receiving yards and five touchdowns while O.J. Howard has 16 receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 188.8 yards per contest, and Derrick Henry leads the way with 665 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 15.7 points and 264.5 yards per game. Reggie Ragland leads the Crimson Tide with 50 tackles, Jonathan Allen has three sacks and Eddie Jackson has three interceptions. Raheem Falkins is questionable.
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The Texas A&M Aggies look to remain undefeated and pick up their third win over a ranked team. Kyle Allen is completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,274 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Allen has two or more touchdown passes in six straight games. Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds have combined for 902 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Ricky Seals-Jones has 15 receptions. The Texas A&M Aggies ground game is averaging 188 yards per contest, and Tra Carson leads the way with 430 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Texas A&M is allowing 21 points and 374.8 yards per game. Armani Watts leads the Aggies with 39 tackles, Myles Garrett has 7.5 sacks and Donovan Wilson has two interceptions. Speedy Noil is questionable.
The Crimson Tide are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Aggies are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games in October and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Giving Nick Saban and that defense an extra week to prepare gives Alabama an advantage. However, it is the spread and creative offenses that give Alabama the most trouble, which is why Texas A&M has beaten the Tide in two of the last three meetings. This Texas A&M team can score. Also, the Aggies have one of the better pass rushers in Myles Garrett.
Add in a nasty crowd at College Station, and I like the points here. I even give the Aggies a chance to win outright.