Tennessee Volunteers vs. Texas A&M Aggies Betting Preview
Where: Kyle Field — College Station, Texas
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Writer’s Pick: Texas A&M Aggies (-7)
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Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (+7)
Joshua Dobbs is valued at +2,000 to win this year’s Heisman Trophy. And so far this season, he’s done a relatively fine job in making his bid for the said award.
The Tennessee Volunteers wouldn’t be undefeated (5-0) right now without his efforts. Dobbs has passed for 1,035 yards with 13 touchdowns through five games. He’s also made a strong impact on the ground, rumbling for 267 yards and five scores. The senior quarterback will certainly look to continue utilizing his arms and legs for their upcoming matchup this weekend against Texas A&M.
Offense won’t be the priority for the ninth-ranked Vols, though. They’re up against an Aggies team that boasts a very deep receiving group topped by Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds. Slowing those two down is the main agenda for Tennessee’s secondary defense. The Vols are giving up just 211.8 passing yards per game this year, which is among the fewest in the nation today.
Tennessee is 5-5 SU (5-5 ATS) in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the Texas A&M Aggies (-7)
Balanced is the perfect description to describe the Texas A&M Aggies’ offense. Their quarterback Trevor Knight has looked very comfortable in his first year at College Station, efficiently exploiting every offensive weapon that the team has. A testament to that would be the fact that the No. 8 Aggies are 5-0 right now, and are averaging nearly 500 yards of total offense per game this season.
The receiving duo of Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds has made the Aggies passing game really scary. Both have three TDs apiece on the year, while the former currently owns a team-leading 33 receptions for 272 yards.
Meanwhile, Trayveon Williams has taken command of things on the ground. The first-year back has gathered 487 yards on 54 rushes along with four touchdowns under his belt. He’s also eclipsed the 100-yard mark in back-to-back contests—versus Arkansas and Auburn.
On the other side of the field, the Aggies are expected to have some trouble in executing against a much-improved Tennessee D. But defense is where they’ve found a lot of success, too, and that’s thanks to DE Myles Garrett, whose presence alone has disrupted opposing offenses and creates opportunities for his teammates on defense to make plays.
Texas A&M is 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in its last 10 home games.
Aggies (-7) win it, barely covering the spread with a 31-24 victory.
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