|2013 College Football Odds: Texas A&M With Clouded BCS Chances|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:00|
Texas A&M Season Odds
(TheSpread) – Texas A&M had high hopes for the 2013 season, but now have more questions than expectations. What will the season hold for the Aggies?
Prior to the start of training camp, rumors emerged about starting quarterback and 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, which has raised suspicions of a possible suspension. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Texas A&M has been given 9/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Aggies have also been given odds of +850 to win the SEC Championship and a money line of +400 to win the SEC West Division. The over/under for wins this year has been set at 9.5 for Texas A&M. All odds are based on Manziel not being suspended.
Kevin Sumlin left Houston for Texas A&M in 2012 and had a tremendous first season, going 11-2 with a win in the Cotton Bowl. The Aggies were the lone team to beat Alabama last season, and did so on the road. This year, the Aggies have hopes for even more, as long as Manziel is available.
Offensively, A&M returns six starters, led by the sophomore quarterback. Manziel rushed for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns while throwing for 3,706 yards and 26 scores in 2012. After becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, he enters the season as the favorite to win the award again. Manziel has been given 5/1 odds to win as long as he is not suspended. Manziel has top receiver Mike Evans back. The sophomore receiver caught 82 passes for 1,105 yards and five scores last season. One concern is A&M needing to replace two starters on the offensive line. Still, the aggies averaged 44.5 points and 559 yards per game last year, similar to the numbers Sumlin put up at Houston. Expect more of the same this year.
Defensively, Texas A&M didn’t get a ton of credit, but it only allowed 21.8 points per game last season while playing in the SEC. This year’s defense has just five starters back, but loses its most talented pieces. Senior Steven Jenkins will have to step up and lead the unit. He is the top returning tackler from 2012 as he had 79 tackles with two sacks a year ago. The secondary allowed 251 passing yards per game last season, but the group has to juniors returning to their starting positions.
When it comes to wins, you’d have to expect good things from Texas A&M if Manziel is eligible. A weak non-conference schedule sets the stage for a home game with Alabama in week three. The Aggies also get to host Auburn, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. Road SEC games include LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss and Arkansas. For an SEC schedule, it’s not overly difficult, especially with Alabama coming to College Station. You’d have to think the Aggies can get to 10 wins with this schedule and Manziel in the backfield.
For a look at the odds for the Texas A&M Aggies during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Texas A&M Aggies
*All Odds dependent on Johnny Manziel not being suspended*
BCS National Champion Odds: 9/1
SEC Championship Odds: +850
SEC West Championship Odds: +400
Win Total: Over/Under 9.5
Heisman Trophy Odds: QB Johnny Manziel 5/1