You’ve heard this all season from me, and you’ll hear it again: If LSU can run the ball successfully, it can win. Three of the Tigers’ four losses came when the Tigers failed to run for at least 150 yards (that happened only one other time — a comeback win over Wisconsin). Texas A&M’s defense has allowed 280 or more yards rushing five times this year. That’ll do it.
LSU 24, Texas A&M 21
Texas A&M ranks last in the 14-team SEC in total defense, second-to-last in run defense and third-to-last in pass defense. You’d think this is where LSU’s struggling offense, which is ranked 11th, in total yards, can get well. The Tigers haven’t thrown for 150 yards since Sept. 27 — exactly two months. If they can run AND throw (yes, throw), they’ll beat the Aggies. No joke.
LSU 28, Texas A&M 24
You know LSU wants to run the ball, and despite 36 yards on 32 carries at Arkansas, the Tigers are still good at it, averaging 204.5 yards per game. Texas A&M is lousy at stopping the run, 13th in the SEC in allowing 208.9 yards per game. If the Tigers rush for 200 yards or more, they run over the Aggies — and grab the last turkey leg.
LSU 26, Texas A&M 20