2012 CBS College Football Game of the Week Odds: Texas A&M vs. Alabama Print
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Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:30
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Texas A&M vs. Alabama Odds

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (The Spread) – No. 1 Alabama faces another tough test on Saturday as the Crimson Tide host No. 15 Texas A&M at 3:30PM ET on CBS.

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Alabama is 9-0 on the season, 6-0 in the SEC and 5-0 at home. Texas A&M is 7-2 overall, 4-2 in conference play and 5-0 on the road. Both teams enter the game at 5-4 against the spread this year. These two teams haven’t met since 1988.

Trends show that Texas A&M is just 1-7 against the spread in its last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games following a win. Alabama is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 conference games but just 2-5 ATS in its last 7 home games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Alabama is the favorite at home in this one, as the Crimson Tide have odds of -14 points against Texas A&M. The over/under total for this game has been set at 56.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Alabama favored by 15.5 points. The spread was never higher than that. It dipped to a low of 13 points during the week before closing at Alabama -14.

Alabama is coming off a 21-17 win at LSU last week. The Crimson Tide scored the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the game. This was the closest game the Crimson Tide have had all year. On the season, Alabama is leading the country in defensive scoring, allowing only 9.1 points per contest. Offensively, Alabama is posting 38.4 points per game. The team is being led by the running back duo of T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy, who have combined for 1,404 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Texas A&M is coming off a 38-13 win at Mississippi State last week. The Aggies have won two straight since a 24-19 loss against LSU. The Aggies are scoring 44.7 points per game this year on offense, which ranks fourth in the nation. The defense is holding opponents to just 21 points per game as well. The team is being led by quarterback Johnny Manziel, who has thrown for 2,527 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 922 yards and 15 scores.

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In terms of Injuries, Texas A&M offensive lineman Shep Klinke is out with a foot injury. Alabama running back Dee Hart is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury but back Eddie Lacy is expected to play despite a leg injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Alabama. The Crimson Tide are getting 57% of the wagers with odds of -14 points at home against Texas A&M on Saturday.

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