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Cotton Bowl Betting – Aggies, Tigers Renew Hostilities

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:53

LSU vs. Texas A&M Betting PicksSome NCAA football betting players may not be old enough to remember when LSU and Texas A&M played each other every year, but rest assured, both sets of fans will love this matchup when the two get together at the Cotton Bowl this year in one of the biggest non-BCS bowls of the season.

LSU vs. Texas A&M Betting – January 7th, 8:00 PM ET

The No.11 Tigers (10-2) had close calls all over the place, but when the dust settled, their lone two losses of the season came on the road against BCS teams, falling at Auburn and Arkansas, along with a big win over Alabama in the always-tough SEC. LSU went with Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee at quarterback, and neither of them have made a strong case for the starting job all season, but it seems to work for coach Les Miles. The defense is eighth in the country, led by All-American cornerback Patrick Patterson, the SEC and national defensive player of the year, and he’s also one of the top return men in the nation.

Those watching NFL scores should probably have stopped watching the Cowboys and rolled with the No.17 Aggies (9-3), who won their last six of the year, including big victories over Oklahoma and Nebraska, and capped by a win over Texas that ended their Big 12 rivals’ postseason streak. Ryan Tannehill took over for the slumping Jerrod Johnson at quarterback, but the key has really been Cyrus Gray, who has six straight 100-yard games. The defense is 50th, but they have a number of big-time players led by linebacker Von Miller, an All-American who was named the best linebacker in the country, and he can rush, watch the run, and drop back in coverage. In Miller and Patterson, you’re likely to see some future NFL picks on defense in this game.

NCAA football betting odds have the Tigers as a 1-point favorite in this old-school showdown, and they’re 26-20-3 against the Aggies, including a 19-14 win in the 1944 Orange Bowl. The Aggies are 4-7 in their 11 previous Cotton Bowl appearances, while the Tigers are 2-1-1 here, so it’ll really feel like an old-time football game. Since 1995, LSU is 10-3 in bowl games, including a pair of BCS title wins, while the Aggies are 1-8 and they would love to get a postseason victory. However, the main factor in this game may be coaching, and even though Miles has made some poor decisions at times, he seems to have luck on his side this season, and he, along with one of the best defenses in the country, should be able to nip Texas A&M for a betting win.

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