College Football
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Texas A&M at Louisiana State
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 25, 2017
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

No. 18 LSU has won five of its last six games and has a chance to conclude its regular season in strong fashion Saturday against visiting Texas A&M. The Aggies have won two in a row and gave the Tigers all they could handle in a wild 54-39 defeat a season ago.

"This is going to be a tremendous challenge for us," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this week. "And they played us pretty tight last year. Made some big plays on us last year in the second half. So there's a lot of things that we have to get done this week." The Tigers knocked off Tennessee 30-10 last week and have only lost to No. 1 Alabama in the last 1 1/2 months. Meanwhile, Texas A&M registered a seven-point win at Ole Miss last week, but it might not be enough to save Kevin Sumlin's job. "I came here to Texas A&M to win football games," the embattled coach said this week. "What we do and how we've done it has been the right way. It will continue to be the right way."

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: LSU -10.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M (7-4, 4-3 SEC): The magic number for the Texas A&M defense is 27, as the team is 6-0 when allowing fewer than 27 points and 1-4 when giving up 24 or more. The defense blanked Ole Miss in the second half last week as the Rebels totaled 66 yards after intermission. Damion Ratley notched 111 receiving yards and a touchdown - his fifth score in the last three games - to help make up for another poor outing by running back Trayveon Williams.

ABOUT LSU (8-3, 5-2): LSU has allowed 10 points in each of its last two games and really did a strong job on John Kelly last week, holding the Tennessee running back to 47 yards on 25 carries. Derrius Guice, on the other hand, led the Tigers with 97 rushing yards and a score against the Volunteers and has five TDs in his last four outings. Guice likely will be playing his final home game, as will fellow junior Arden Key, a linebacker who is regarded as one of the best pass rushers in the SEC.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Williams, who ran for 1,057 yards on 6.8 yards per carry last season, is at 678 yards this year with an average of 4.6 yards per carry.

2. In its last six games, LSU has allowed a total of 11 fourth-quarter points.

3. The Tigers have won 72 straight games in which they have rushed for 100 yards and held their opponent under 100 yards.

PREDICTION: LSU 31, Texas A&M 21
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Texas A&M 7-4 W2 32.0 27.2 4-3 3-1 6-4 0-0 4-3
Louisiana State 8-3 W2 26.5 18.5 4-1 4-2 7-3 0-0 5-2
Last Meeting
Texas A&M Louisiana State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/24/16 LSU 54 TAM 39 472 188 284 622 298 324
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas A&M T. Knight 46.7 211 3 0
Louisiana State D. Etling 71.4 324 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas A&M K. Ford 15 100 6.7 0
Louisiana State D. Guice 37 285 7.7 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas A&M C. Kirk 8 107 13.4 2
Louisiana State R. Gage 5 62 12.4 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas A&M C. Kirk 2
Louisiana State D. Guice 4
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Texas A&M K. Mond 51.5 1375 8 6
Louisiana State D. Etling 59.9 1887 11 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Texas A&M T. Williams 149 678 4.6 6
Louisiana State D. Guice 188 1026 5.5 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Texas A&M C. Kirk 51 652 12.8 6
Louisiana State D. Chark 30 725 24.2 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Texas A&M K. Ford 11
Louisiana State D. Guice 10
Quickchart Matchup
Texas A&M Texas A&M Off vs  Louisiana State Louisiana State Def
Texas A&M 399.4 yards
Louisiana State 314.4 yards
Texas A&M 4.1 yards/rush
Louisiana State 3.9 yards/rush
Texas A&M 7.1 yards/attempt
Louisiana State 6.2 yards/attempt
Louisiana State Louisiana State Off vs  Texas A&M Texas A&M Def
Louisiana State 394.9 yards
Texas A&M 369.4 yards
Louisiana State 4.9 yards/rush
Texas A&M 4.1 yards/rush
Louisiana State 8.8 yards/attempt
Texas A&M 7 yards/attempt