Matchup: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Missouri Tigers
Date/Time: November 30th, 7:45 ET
College Football Odds from BetanySports
Point Spread: Missouri -4
The SEC East title will be won or lost on Saturday night in Columbia, where the Missouri Tigers will hope to punch their ticket to Atlanta at the expense of the Texas A&M Aggies in college football betting action.
The Aggies have won eight games this year, but their three losses will ensure that the best they will do this year is perhaps the Outback Bowl. The allure of keeping QB Johnny Manziel at the Cotton Bowl is there for sure, but it is going to be a tough sell after he and his mates were crushed by the LSU Tigers last week, especially if this game is also lost. This is the last chance for Manziel to state a case for the Heisman Trophy, and as unlikely as it is for him to come back and win the award, there is at least a chance. Johnny Football has 32 TDs against 13 picks, but his 3,537 passing yards and 654 rushing yards really aren’t enough. WR Mike Evans in fact, might have the better gripe. He has made himself a legitimate NFL prospect for sure this year, catching 61 passes for 1,314 yards and 12 TDs, combining the rare abilities of size and speed together on one field. The rest of the rushing game is costing A&M dearly this year, as not only is Manziel not rushing for as many yards, but neither is RB Ben Malena, who is the top running back with just 498 yards on only 101 carries.
It has been a miracle of a season for Missouri, which is one heartbreaking loss against the South Carolina Gamecocks away from being ranked third in the BCS right now and in control of its own destiny for a spot in the National Championship Game. Head Coach Gary Pinkel, who was being run out of town for his first horrid season in the SEC has it all turned around now, though we are doubting how much of that has to do with Mizzou and how much of it has to do with the fact that the rest of the SEC East turned out to be a total dud this season. QB James Franklin is back, and he helped guide his team to a gritty 24-10 win on the road against a very good Ole Miss Rebels outfit last week. Franklin helped guide this team to 485 yards on the day, right on par with the Tigers’ 491.9 yards per game average for the season. The real difference is the defense this season, which has kept teams down to just 19.3 points per game.
We just aren’t buying it all, though. The Tigers were dominated thoroughly last season in this game, even after Johnny Football was injured and left for a couple drives. It just doesn’t feel like Mizzou should live to tell about this whole season, and though at 10-2, it might be good enough to get into a BCS bowl game regardless of whether it goes to the SEC Championship Game or not, this doesn’t feel like its day. It feels like Johnny Heisman is going to steal one and get himself back to the Big Apple with a shot at becoming the second man ever to win two Heisman Trophies.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Missouri Tigers Pick: Texas A&M Aggies +4
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