Free Week 3 Prediction: Wolfpack vs Aggies
College football betting sees the Nevada Wolfpack taking on the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday September 19th at Kyle Field in College Station. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Nevada (1-1) vs. Texas A&M (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 19th
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: Kyle Field – College Station
NCAA Football Spread: Nevada +34.0
NCAA Betting Total: 64.5
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After enduring a tough road schedule in 2014 with road games at South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama, and Auburn, Texas A&M enjoys a 2015 schedule with only three true road games. After a $450 million expansion to Kyle Field, the Aggies will look to keep their hot start going in their second game in the remodeled stadium.
The Wolfpack come to town hoping to rebound from getting blown out at home last week by Arizona.
The Aggies enter as more than a 30 point favorite for the second straight week but will have to avoid falling victim to the dreaded trap game as their SEC schedule soon awaits.
The Nevada defense struggled to stop both the run and the pass last weekend. Wildcat quarterback Anu Solomon threw for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns while the Wildcats ran for 301 yards and four touchdowns, including 194 and 3 TD’s from Nick Wilson.
The Wolfpack are 1-1 but they didn’t handle their Week 1 opponent the way they should have. Nevada beat UC-Davis 31-17 after entering the game as 24 point favorites.
Brian Polian will bring the Wolfpack to Kyle Field having dropped to 4-20 against ranked opponents all-time after their loss to Arizona last week. Polian – a former Aggies coach – will look to have his boys ready to play at the speed the Aggies typically play at.
Kyle Field is not an easy place to play by any means so expect the Wolfpack to struggle out of the gate handling the atmosphere.
Mackay Stadium was relatively full last week for the Wolfpack’s matchup with the ranked Arizona Wildcats.
That is full by Mackay Stadium standards – 24,355 in attendance. Kyle Field holds 102,512 people and expect it to be full this Saturday afternoon.
Wolfpack quarterback Tyler Stewart will likely make some mistakes early on as he gets used to the atmosphere.
Nevada’s chance at keeping this one respectable will depend on how he reacts after making a mistake.
The Aggies played their first game in Houston at NRG Stadium against a ranked Arizona State team.
While some of the Aggies’ SEC counterparts have struggled to impress out of the gate – notably Auburn and South Carolina, Texas A&M – led by quarterback Kyle Allen – has been particularly impressive.
Allen led the Aggies’ first unit to a 49-3 first half against Ball State last week before passing the baton off to the second unit to complete the blowout. Allen led the Aggies to 21 fourth quarter points in their Week 1 matchup with the Sun Devils towards a 38-17 victory.
This does – unfortunately for Kevin Sumlin – having the makings of a trap game. The Aggies are 2-0, have moved into the rankings, and an SEC opener with Arkansas awaits them after Nevada. It doesn’t mean the Aggies will lose.
It’s up to Sumlin to make sure his guys don’t fall into the trap.
Allen will be first in line to make sure the Aggies don’t get too high on themselves after two victories. Kyle Field is not an easy place to play by any means so expect the Wolfpack to struggle out of the gate handling the atmosphere.
Sumlin has mentioned that Polian is a friend of his – which won’t factor into the overall result of the game.
However, it could come into play if Sumlin’s team has a chance to run up the score. For the Aggies, if they play a good football game they will easily win by 25 or more points.
Sumlin’s focus is for his guys to play a good football game before their SEC slate begins. He doesn’t need to see them win by 35 in order to be satisfied.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Texas A&M is 2-4 ATS as home favorite since start of 2014.
• Texas A&M is 4-4 ATS after a win since start of 2014.
• Nevada is 5-1 ATS as away team since start of 2014.
• Nevada is 3-2 ATS after a loss since start of 2014.
• The total has gone over in five of the Aggies’ last eight games following a win.
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Don’t expect the Wolfpack to beat the Aggies – there’s no chance of that happening. The Nevada +8000 moneyline is not worth a look. However, the Wolfpack will have a chance – particularly against the Aggies’ second unit – to keep it within the spread.
3* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Nevada +34.0
Allen leads another first half assault for the Aggies but Stewart plays well enough against Texas A&M’s second unit
to keep it respectable.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Texas A&M 49 – Nevada 24
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