Texas A&M vs. Arkansas Betting Odds Preview, Spread Prediction

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies reacts to a play in the fourth quarter during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Texas A&M Aggies are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road and will try to continue that winning trend on the road against the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday.

Not many sportsbooks have released a spread for this game yet with Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen still listed as questionable. OddsShark.com was predicting the line would open with the Aggies as small road favorites.

Texas A&M has its issues on defense, allowing 30.3 points per game through the first four games of the season. The Aggies also fell short in their 49-42 loss to Alabama, largely due to those struggles on defense.

But despite those negatives, Texas A&M still looks like an elite program thanks to Johnny Manziel and the offense. Averaging 50.3 points per game and over 500 total yards of offense per game, the Aggies haven’t failed to score 42 points in a game this season and look more than capable of shooting out with anyone at 3-1 SU and ATS.

After getting off to a 3-0 SU and 1-2 ATS start against soft opponents, the Arkansas Razorbacks faced their first real test of the season last week on the road against Rutgers.

They looked to be passing that test with a 24-7 lead late in the game, but after a punt return made it a 24-14 game, QB Gary Nova completed the Scarlet Knights' comeback with two late touchdowns to hand Arkansas a 28-24 loss. Quarterback A.J. Derby will play if Allen can't on Saturday.

The Aggies wiped the floor with Arkansas last year, crushing them 58-10 at home. But before that game, Arkansas had owned this series, going 3-0 SU and ATS in the previous three games between the two teams including a 2-0 SU and ATS record in Arkansas.

It’s true that Texas A&M has struggled in recent years in Arkansas, but those days came without Johnny Manziel. With the way the offense is rolling right now, it will be hard to pick against the Aggies regardless of what the spread ends up being.


PICK: Texas A&M


Computer Prediction: 47-40 Texas A&M (from OddsShark.com picks computer, making assumption that Allen will play)