Predictions: LSU vs. Texas A&M 

October, 19, 2012
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LSU 23, Texas A&M 20

Can the Aggies win this game? Yes. If LSU stays under the 30-point mark, I think Texas A&M has a good shot. That being said, it isn't an easy challenge by any stretch. LSU's defense is good, fast and physical. And the way the Tigers can run the ball, they might be able to limit Texas A&M's offensive opportunities. The Aggies have run the ball much better as a team lately than they did in the first few games of the year (outside of Johnny Manziel), but I'm not yet sold that they can move the chains well enough against this LSU defense to beat the Tigers. I typically prefer to pick the team that I think has the better quarterback (and I think the Aggies do here with Manziel vs. LSU's Zach Mettenberger), but I was impressed by the depth of the Tigers backfield and way they were able to run the ball and particularly their ability to convert on third downs, an area where the Tigers were 11-of-19 last week against then-no. 3 South Carolina. It'll be close, but I think LSU has the edge.

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