TV Schedule: Saturday, November 28, 7:30 p.m. ET, SECN
Stadium: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
Line: LSU (-5)
November could not be going any worse for LSU and Les Miles. The Tigers entered the month undefeated and a near lock for a coveted playoff spot. But tragedy struck when LSU visited Tuscaloosa and the No. 7-ranked Tide.
Alabama held RB Leonard Fournette to just 31 yards — total. Before that, Fournette hadn’t rushed for fewer than 150. At the time, the loss didn’t seem like a big deal. Everyone knows Alabama’s defense is NFL-ready, so it seemed likely for LSU to quickly bounce back.
But the very next week, LSU got thrashed by a mediocre Arkansas team in Death Valley at night, bringing Miles’ home loss total to 10 with the Tigers. Although it obviously wasn’t ideal, the real nail in the coffin for LSU didn’t come until last week against Ole Miss. The Tigers lost 38-17, but Fournette seemed like a glimmer of his past self when he rushed for over 100 yards (108) for the first time in November.
Not only did this slide cost Fournette the Heisman and LSU a spot in the playoffs, it might also cost Miles his job. Despite a buyout clause of $15 million, Miles’ future with the program will be decided after Saturday’s game against Texas A&M.
Unfortunately for LSU and Miles, Texas A&M is coming off a shutout win. Although it was against Vanderbilt, the win should still give the Aggies confidence as they head into the most feared stadium in college football. It also doesn’t hurt that the Aggies have a better record than the Tigers (8-3 and 7-3, respectively).
However, if LSU’s season opener hadn’t gotten cancelled due to weather, their records would likely be identical right now. If this game were being played on a neutral field, it would easily be a win for Texas A&M. But since it’s a night game in Death Valley and Miles is fighting for his job, LSU should come out on top in a close one.
Prediction: LSU 31, Texas A&M 28