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Texas A&M 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +15000
- To make Playoff: +1300
- To win the SEC: +4000
- To win the SEC West: +2150
- Win Total: 7.5 (over +100, under -120)
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Texas A&M 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 7.1
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Texas A&M Under 7.5 Wins (-120)
In order to compete in the SEC, a team needs to be strong in the trenches. It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true.
This offseason, Texas A&M made some fantastic (and expensive) moves, but the offensive line will still have problems protecting the pocket.
Last year, the Aggies ranked 96th in sack rate on passing downs and 120th in standard downs yards per carry, meaning the offense was predictable and inefficient.
New head coach Jimbo Fisher will rely on sophomore Dan Moore to man the blind-side tackle but outside of him, a lack of depth is cause for concern.
Nick Starkel is favored to win the job under center over Kellen Mond, but the most important piece on offense is running back Trayveon Williams, who is the Aggies home-run hitter on offense.
Defense will be the strength of this team as A&M ranks 27th in returning production and will benefit big time from the hire of new defensive coordinator Mike Elko.
Elko previously oversaw significant defensive efficiency improvements at Notre Dame and Wake Forest. That is good news for a team that ranked 89th against explosiveness in 2017.
Fisher and Elko have done a great job recruiting for next season and the future looks bright, but is 2018 too early to expect the Aggies to make the jump? Looking at their schedule, the answer seems to be yes.
There are three games (Clemson, Alabama and Auburn) in which the Aggies will need a miracle to win. They also face tough road trips to South Carolina and Mississippi State.
In order to cash the over, the Aggies will need to pull off a road upset and I can’t see that happening, so the pick here is the under 7.5 wins (-120).
What else you need to know about Texas A&M
A&M is 2-10 ATS after a bye week since 2013, with a road trip to Mississippi State serving that situational spot in 2018.
Also check out Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 15. The Warhawks could be worth a look as they catch A&M in between Clemson and Alabama.