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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Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide 2018 Football Betting Preview.

Written by The Best NCAAF ATS Analyst Charlie Red McDougall.

Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting. College Football Weekly Predictions are the best in the industry and will continue through the BCS-title game in 2019. Winning Point Spread Experts at Charliessports.com will again fulfill our promise of delivering winners daily in NCAAF, NFL, and Major League Baseball. In 2012 Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel took Texas A&M into the Heart of Dixie and pulled off a 29-24 upset as a 13-point road underdog. It’s been All Crimson Tide since winning five in a row SU, going 3-2 ATS with four of the previous six staying UNDER. Current Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher knew what he was getting into when he accepted the job in a football-crazed LONE STAR STATE, and it’ll also be the Aggies first road trip in 2018. The (3-0) Alabama Crimson Tide just like Saturday’s opponent are 3-0 ATS, going OVER twice but last week’s 62-7 win at Ole Miss stayed UNDER. The home team is 4-1 to the POINT SPREAD the previous five between the teams. Their’s little doubt the early public money will be on Alabama as the line has already moved two-points in favor of the home team. Saturday’s game is 3:30 PM EST at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The CBS Television Network will be broadcasting. The Opening Betting Line has Alabama as a twenty-five and a half point home favorite against the point spread. The betting odds total is sixty-one points for Saturday’s contest.

Expect the improbable when wagering on College Football which is why Texas A&M believes they can pull the monumental upset Saturday and not just Against The Spread, they think they’ll win SU. Only two weeks ago the Aggies lost to number-two Clemson 28-26 on a failed 2-point conversion. Fisher inherited plenty of talent at the skill positions and there rushing attack ranks 8th in the nation. Running Back Trayveon Williams 399 yards through three games is the most underrated at his position in College Football. The OVER has cashed in the last four games when the Aggies have produced 450 or more total yards in their previous contest. However, the offensive line will have their work cut out vs. a Crimson tide defense that’s surrendered just twenty-eight points this season. Quarterback Kellen Monds averages 9.3 yards per pass attempt with a 62.9% completion rate. The Texas A&M defense ranks twelfth in the FBS against the runs, and a massive Alabama offensive line will test them. Fisher comes from the Nick Saban coaching tree and both are native West Virginians. The (2-1) Texas A&M Aggies won’t be intimidated although they understand it’s going to be a hostile environment, the kids from Texas will welcome the challenge. Bovada.Lv, list the Texas A&M Aggies at 20/1 to win the 2018 SEC Title.

Last Saturday Night in front of an ESPN audience the nation saw Ole Miss get out to a 7-0 lead on a 75-yard touchdown pass only to see the Crimson Tide put 28 unanswered points on the scoreboard. The Rebels got shut out the remainder of the contest. The Tua Tagovailoa vs. Jalen Hurts battle for the quarterback job is history as the sophomore has thrown eleven touchdowns with two interceptions through three weeks. Alabama is an ATS cover machine in September with their last five getting the money for the betting public, and Las Vegas will continue to inflate the lines. The OVER is 5-1 the last six they’ve played in the same month. The 170 points scored this season ranks 1st in College Football, and the 7.7 yards per play is seventh in the FBS. The defense allows opponents 4.5 yards per attempt with opposing offenses doing better throwing the football rather than running. However, Saban is trying to emphasize to the unit of cut down on penalties which could haunt them against a team with the offensive talent of Texas A&M. Things could get interesting with intangibles Saturday Night in Tuscaloosa; there are many Houston area players on both rosters. Bovada.Lv, list the Alabama Crimson Tide at 7/4 to repeat as BCS Champions.

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