The fifth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies are looking to make a statement in their SEC West road battle with the Auburn Tigers on Saturday. The Aggies (6-1) have a shot at making the College Football Playoff and slimmer hopes to win the division, but first they will need a victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers (5-3) want to play spoiler and alleviate the sting of a 42-13 loss to No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl last week. Texas A&M's offense struggled last week in a 20-7 win against LSU, but quarterback Kellen Mond leads a unit that averages more than 418 yards per game.
Kickoff is set for noon ET in Auburn, Ala. The Aggies are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Texas A&M vs. Auburn odds at William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under for total points scored is 48.5. Before making any Auburn vs. Texas A&M picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Texas A&M vs. Auburn: Aggies -5.5
- Texas A&M vs. Auburn over-under: 48.5
- Texas A&M vs. Auburn money line: Aggies -220, Tigers +180
- A&M: RB Ainias Smith is averaging 8.5 yards per touch this season.
- AU: WR Anthony Schwartz has 12 catches for 267 yards over the past three games
Why Texas A&M can cover
The road team has covered the spread in seven of the eight meetings since the A&M joined the SEC in 2012, and Mond and running back Isaiah Spiller complement each other well. Mond has been efficient in throwing for 1,573 yards and 16 TDs, and he has thrown just two interceptions and been sacked three times. Spiller has rushed for 784 yards and six touchdowns. Versatile Ainias Smith is having a breakout season 348 receiving yards, 187 rushing and seven scores.
The Aggies are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game, and they rank eighth in FBS in allowing just 87 per game. Linebacker Buddy Johnson is the leader of the unit, posting a team-high 66 tackles and getting two sacks, an interception and forcing two fumbles. Auburn's Bo Nix has thrown seven interceptions and been sacked 17 times, and the Aggies had three sacks and two picks in the win against LSU.
Why Auburn can cover
Auburn is 10-3 against the spread in its last 13 games as a home underdog, and Nix has started every game since he arrived on campus. He has thrown for 1,854 yards and rushed for 283, accounting for 14 TDs. He has a pair of top-flight receivers in Seth Williams, who leads the team with 580 yards on 36 catches, and Anthony Schwartz, who has a team-high 46 receptions for 566. Slot receiver Eli Stove is a critical outlet for Nix, catching 31 passes for 278 yards.
The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings between the teams, and linebackers Zakoby McClain, Owen Pappoe and Colby Wooden can make plays all over the field. Pappoe has two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery, while McClain has a team-high 77 tackles and two sacks and Wooden has three QB takedowns. They could make life hectic for Mond, who threw for just 105 yards as the Aggies put up just 267 in the 20-7 win against LSU.
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