NCAA Football – Week 7
Hurricane Isaac wiped out the first game of the season for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Texas A&M Aggies. College football betting action will take place on Saturday for these two though, as they played their postponed game at Independence Stadium in a de facto road game for the Aggies.
Texas A&M has averaged right at 74 snaps per game this year, and that’s exactly what Head Coach Kevin Sumlin promised to bring to this team. The end result has been 516.8 yards and 44.6 points per game, and both marks are good enough to be in the Top 20 in the country. QB Johnny Manziel is only a freshman, but he is playing like he is a heck of a lot more experienced than that. He has completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 1,285 yards with 11 TDs and just two picks. A lot of his throws don’t go all that far beyond the line of scrimmage, but to Sumlin’s credit, he is making sure that his frosh is put in a positions to succeed, not fail. Manziel also has 495 yards rushing and seven trips to the end zone to boot, making him one of the top rushers in the SEC as well. Manziel has really looked great for the most part, and though he had a bad second half against the Florida Gators, his first half was as good of a half of football as any team has played against that defense this year.
Louisiana Tech has ripped off 78 plays per game this year as well, almost making the pace with which the Aggies play look tame. The Bulldogs have one of the most electrifying offenses in the country this year, and against a schedule that has already featured solid teams like the Illinois Fighting Illini and Virginia Cavaliers, they are the only team in the land to score at least 50 points against four FBS foes and score at least 44 against all of its teams. The club ranks 11th in the land in total offense at 523.4 yards per game, making up for a defense that is ranked second to last in the nation at 531.0 yards per game allowed. Three different rushers all have at least 234 yards on the ground, but the key to make this offense go is WR Quinton Patton. Patton has 33 receptions for 523 yards this year, and he has five scores. That makes the life of QB Colby Cameron that much easier, knowing that his top target is there for easy yardage more often than not.
There is a reason that the first stat we threw out there had to do with the total snaps per game that these two teams have taken. That’s over 150 between them. The two could clear 80 snaps apiece over the course of this 60 minute game, and that’s just a remarkable number. Just as we saw when Baylor played West Virginia and the oddsmakers hung an 83 on the board for the ‘total’, there might not reasonably be a ‘total’ high enough for this game to hold. Texas A&M 54 – Louisiana Tech 47