Fisher, Malzahn relive 2014 national championship when Texas A&M visit Auburn

Fisher, Malzahn relive 2014 national championship when Texas A&M visit Auburn

Two schools with a shared legacy as college football dark horses meet this weekend. Texas A&M were named national champions three times but the last was in 1939. Auburn has been honoured five times but it’s complicated.

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The Aggies’ most recent claims to success are more dubious. Johnny Manziel’s freshman Heisman that turns out to be his career peak in the US although he’s coming on strong in the CFL with Montreal. The school’s successful courtship of former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher wasn’t exactly Ohio State landing Urban Meyer, although it may turn out to be more ethical in the long run. I said maybe.

Auburn only lays claim to two of its five proffered championships but has strong arguments it should have won in two other seasons. Miami leapfrogged them in 1983 after squeaking past Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. The War Eagles went undefeated in 1993 but were on probation. There was also the 2014 National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in which Auburn were nipped by Florida State 34-31 SU. The coaches in that game will be facing off again at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Can Gus Malzahn claim a small measure of revenge by knocking off Fisher’s No.25 A&M?

Jimbo Fisher had the better of it in 2014 but may be feeling nervous this season. He recently accused Gus Malzahn of employing “illegal tactics” on offence. [Photo: Kevin C Cox]

It won’t be easy even with the home advantage. The LINE moved in the Aggies’ favour early in the week. The Tigers were giving six points. Then it dipped to four. A&M won at Jordan-Hare in 2016 although Auburn returned the favour in College Station last year. In fact, the visiting team has won the past five meetings STRAIGHT UP. The winner is 3-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD in that stretch with the three wins coming in the most recent games.

Both teams are 5-3 SU. The Aggies lost to Mississippi State last week. Auburn were idle but ended a two-game slide the previous Saturday against Ole Miss. Both teams are 5-3. The shifting line could be explained by Gus Malzahn’s announcement that leading rusher Jartavious ‘Boobee’ Whitlow and starting right tackle Jack Driscoll are day-to-day. Jimbo Fisher’s biggest concern is reserve wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon’s foot surgery, which rules out his 15 catches and 221 yards until the bowl season.

The TOTAL [49] is conflicted by recent trends. Texas A&M is 4-0 with the UNDER in their last four games, all SEC clashes. On the other hand, Auburn exploits bye weeks very well. They’ve gone OVER three times and pushed once in their last four opportunities.

Overall, the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last half-dozen encounters, with the underdog 3-0-1 ATS.  A good deal depends on whether Boobee Whitlow is fit for the game and if not, whether Kam Martin and Shaun shivers can step up in his absence. Even so, the Aggies are coming off a loss and Auburn is rested, challenging the trend of road team’s winning streak in this matchup. With doubt on both sides rather than confidence, I feel safest risking my money on the UNDER in this one.

Free Pick: Texas A&M v Auburn: UNDER [49]
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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.



Bayou Bengals will travel to the Plains for a crucial SEC-West matchup.

Written by Winning College Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. produces it for Football Betting. NCAA Football Weekly Predictions are the best in the industry and will continue through the BCS-title game in January of 2019. LSU Tigers head football coach Ed Orgeron isn’t entirely of the woods although they looked impressive in a season-opening 33-17 victory over the Miami Hurricanes. Orgeron has been on the hot seat since taking the job and can take some huge steps quieting critics with a road win Saturday. LSU is 6-0 ATS their last ten vs. SEC opponents but have dropped their last four to the number on the Plains. The (2-0), and seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers began the 2018 season at the same venue that concluded their 2017 campaign. However the results were different, they beat Washington 21-16 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and they lost to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s day of 2018. Auburn is 1-3 against the point spread their last four, also staying under in three. Bettors who have taken the home team against the number have cashed the previous four in the series. Saturday’s kickoff will be 3:30 PM EST on campus at Jordan-Hare Stadium near Toomer’s corner on the Plains in Auburn, Alabama. The CBS Television Network will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has LSU as a ten and a half point road underdog against the point spread. The betting odds total is forty-four and a half points for Saturday’s contest.

Ohio State Buckeyes transfer Joe Burrow tossed three touchdowns in last weeks 31-0 home win against Southeast Louisiana. The (2-0) and number 13 LSU Tigers are known for producing running backs the caliber of Jeremy Hill, Leonard Fournette, and Derrius Guice, now it’s senior Nick Brossette who waited patiently and has gone over 100 yards in his first two games as a starter. When talking about LSU the first thing that comes to mind is defense, but the over has happened in five times the past ten between the two foes with the last four Jordan Hare staying under. The coaching staff seems to trust Burrow due to the fact he hasn’t thrown an interception this season, but Auburn is a different defense. LSU has been at it’s best in the red zone where they’ve converted all eight trips this season into points with a massive offensive line. The under has been profitable (7-1-2) when LSU wins the previous week by more than twenty points. It’ll be interesting early to see how Burrow stands up to a hostile SEC environment in the first quarter, will he be confident or make mistakes? Bovada.Lv, list the LSU Tigers at 33/1 to win the 2018-19 BCS Crown.

After gaining notoriety coaching at the prep level in Springdale, Arkansas high fifty-two-year-old Gus Malzahn is in his sixth season at Auburn. Just like Saturday’s opponent Auburn has a transfer under center. Former Baylor Bears standout Jarrett Stidham has completed 68.1 percent of passes in 2018, and he’s already faced a terrific Washington Huskies defense. Stidham has an impressive resume’ and is on most lists concerning preseason quarterback award nominees. As good as LSU has been within the opponents twenty yards line Auburn hasn’t scored in the first quarter in the same situation. Points could be at a minimum but when the over is 5-1 when they produce more than forty the prior game and they scored 63 last week vs. Alabama State. The Auburn defense has allowed 4.7 yards per play allowing 74.5 yards per contest on the ground. The key to an Auburn cover is for the crowd to play a factor, it’ll be noisy, and quarterback Burrow didn’t appear in a pressure situation in Columbus, Ohio. That could be huge Saturday! Bovada.Lv, list the Auburn Tigers at 12/1 to win the 2018-19 BCS Championship.

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