NCAAF Thanksgiving Major Matchup – Betting on Texas A&M vs. Texas Longhorns
It’s a five-star Game of the Century, and BetUS Sportsbook customers will get their chance to sink their teeth into all of the fantastic Thanksgiving Day action when the Texas A&M Aggies (4-7, 4-7 ATS) look to spoil the BCS dreams of its rivals, the Texas Longhorns (10-1, 8-3 ATS).
It’s been a dismal season for the Aggies, who will be playing their final game of the season Thursday evening. Texas still has faint hopes of playing for the National Championship, but will almost certainly wrap up a spot in a BCS bowl game with a victory over A&M. Last season at Kyle Field, the Aggies shockingly upset Texas 38-30 as seven-point home underdogs to win the Texas rivalry for the second year in a row.
Aggies head coach Mike Sherman’s first go round in College Station hasn’t been a season to remember. Texas A&M lost any hope of bowl eligibility two weeks ago by getting romped 41-21 in Waco against a Baylor program it’s dominated winning 16 of the L/17 overall meetings.
The offense hasn’t been awful, as the unit ranks 25th in passing yards in the nation with 250.9 yards per game. The Aggies have also put up at least 21 points in every game since an opening weekend loss to Arkansas State. The defense has been the sore spot for Texas A&M bettors this year as it currently ranks 114th in the nation allowing 455.2 yards per game. There’s not a major defensive statistic the defense ranks in the top half of the country in.
Those numbers for the Aggies probably won’t improve much with the #9 ranked offense in the nation lining up on the other side of the ball. Texas has also been off for a week since beating Kansas 35-7 in Lawrence as 14-point road favorites.
At times, the Longhorns offense looks unstoppable. The unit’s scored at least 28 points in every game this season, and have reached the 42-point plateau in seven of their 11 games. QB Colt McCoy is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, and barring a meltdown against the Aggies, should be headed to New York as a finalist. The junior has accounted for 3,661 yards of offense, and has completed a stunning 77.2% of his passes. McCoy has 38 total touchdowns on the year.
The 43.5 points per game the unit has averaged this season ranks 6th in the country, and is the reason that Longhorns bettors are 8-3 on the season.
BetUS oddsmakers have installed the Longhorns as lofty 34-point favorites with the ‘total’ not yet set.
BetUS Sportsbook’s Game of the Century for sports betting fanatics is on the ‘over’, as all of the NCAAF betting trends point in that general direction. Texas has played six of its L/8 games over the ‘total’, and eight of its L/10 against the Big XII has been of the higher scoring variety. Aggies bettors have cashed backing the ‘over’ in eight of A&M’s L/10 games, and A&M’s played to nine of 11 ‘overs’ in conference play since the middle of 2007. The L/3 meetings between these traditional rivals saw the ‘over’ go 2-1 ATS due to the turnover prone 2006 meeting in Austin.