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Agricultural Wars: New Mexico State versus Texas A&M

The New Mexico State Aggies and the Texas A&M Aggies will be melting down all metals, turning plows and shears to swords on Saturday, October 29th at Kyle Field in College Station. Here we have the odds for people betting on college football:

New Mexico State +43½ (-110) 70 (-110)
Texas A&M -43½ (-110) 70 (-110)

NMSU (2-5) lost a second straight game on Saturday, 19-22 against the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Aggies were ahead 9-6 at halftime, and increased the lead to 12-6 to start the second half on an 11 plays, 66 yards drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Parker Davidson. However, NMSU saw its lead drop to 12-9 and then turn into a 15-12 deficit. Finally, a blocked punt by Georgia Southern’s Jacorey Belvin gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead. Aggies QB Tyler Rogers finished 22 of 38 for 236 yards with two TD passes, one of which connected with wide receiver Johnathan Boone in the end zone on a 32-yard pass play to put the final numbers on the scoreboard with 1:19 left on the clock. Georgia Southern ran the remaining 1:16 to secure the win.

TAMU had their first loss of the season on Saturday, a 14-33 loss to No. 1 Alabama, and dropped to the 9th spot. The Aggies made the farthest inroads than any other team facing the Tide this season, bringing the heat to opposing QB Jalen Hurts and picking him off twice on defense (though he still managed to score thrice), and making a few big runs with signal-caller Trevor Knight on offense. Knight went 14 of 31 for 164 passing yards with two TDs and one interception and ran for 24 yards on 13 carries, but was sacked five times. Once again, Bama’s non-offensive scoring made the difference and put TAMU away.

For people betting on college football at a football betting site, this non-conference game seems designed for TAMU to regroup, boost their confidence, and take out their frustration on NMSU. The Aggies overmatch the Aggies in virtually all aspects of the game – Knight and running back Keith Ford are a formidable backfield; they have a coach who should be a candidate for SEC Coach of the Year; are expect to get back Speedy Noil on special teams after a concussion; and are going against as porous a defense as it gets. New Mexico State is allowing 41.6 points, 258 passing yards and 236 rushing yards per game, with 7 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries, and 6 sacks.

Finally, fans betting on college football should know that Texas A&M is 9-3 against the spread versus a team with a losing record, 2-6 against the spread versus Sun Belt teams, and 1-7 against the spread after a game in which they didn’t cover the spread. Meanwhile, New Mexico State is 16-34-1 against the spread playing a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread in their previous five away games, and 1-7 against the spread playing SEC teams.