Week 14 of the college football season is here, including the another week of fun matchups.
Our handicappers Brian Edwards, Tim Murray and Wes Reynolds are here to give you their best bets for eight games on the weekend's card.
Lines are consensus odds from VSiN's college football lines page, as of Thursday morning.
No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (-7, 48.5) at Auburn Tigers
Murray: A year after beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl, the Crimson Tide crushed Auburn last weekend, 42-13. While that result was not ideal for the Tigers, Alabama has been doing that to plenty of opponents this season, including Texas A&M. The current fifth-ranked team in the country lost 52-28 at Alabama back on Oct. 3.
After having back-to-back games postponed due to COVID-19, Texas A&M returned to the field last weekend and beat LSU, 20-7. The Aggies defense forced three turnovers and held LSU to just 267 total yards, but Texas A&M was far from crisp offensively as QB Kellen Mond was just 11-of-34 through the air for 105 yards. While he has thrown just two interceptions this season, Mond is only completing 59.3% of his passes. RB Isaiah Spiller was a bright spot for the offense, rushing for 141 yards and a touchdown.
It has been an up-and-down sophomore season for Auburn QB Bo Nix. On the road, Nix and the Tigers are just 1-3 while Nix has thrown two touchdowns and six interceptions. However, at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Nix is a different player: Auburn is 4-0 (3-1 ATS) at home this year and Nix has thrown eight touchdowns to just one interception. Nix is 10-1 as the starting quarterback at home.
Coming off an ugly loss to Alabama, the public will likely happily lay the touchdown with Texas A&M, but I look at this as a buy-low spot on the home team.
The pick: Auburn + 7
Reynolds: No. 5 Texas A&M continues to be the team just on the outside looking in of the top four in the College Football Playoff. As Tim noted, the Aggies were not overly impressive last Saturday in a 20-7 victory over LSU (second-worst pass defense in the SEC). The Aggies defense held LSU to just 36 yards on the ground, and Texas A&M currently sits as the top defense in the SEC allowing 328 ypg.