The Cotton Bowl moved from its horrid 11 a.m. local kick time on New Year's Day to a prime time slot tonight and for the second year ago the game will not be played in the actual Cotton Bowl, but will be in played at JerryWorld. This is Texas A&M's second time to play in this stadium this year and the third time in two years and will be LSU's first appearance in the Space Ship known as Cowboys Stadium.
The Aggies have won six straight after benching turnover machine quarterback Jerrod Johnson in favor of quarterback turned wide receiver turned quarterback Ryan Tannehill who threw for 11 touchdowns and only three picks in half a season. Ever since his take over the Aggies have been a force and were able to beat Nebraska in an unwatchable 9-3 game as well as Oklahoma to claim a share of the Big 12 South.
LSU has had of close calls in games against Tennessee and Florida where they were extremely lucky well coached in those wins. The defense of LSU is a solid unit that gives up only 17.8 points per game, ranking them 11th in the nation. Also, LSU likes to run the ball a lot and will try to do so against an Aggie defense that finished the season 15th in the nation defending the run.
The only guarantee I will make on this game is that clock management will be at an all time low between Mike Sherman and Les Miles.
The line on this game opened as a pick, but now the line has moved to favor LSU by 2.5 points.
Rivals - The four writers are split on this game however 78 percent of the Yahoo users in the pick'em game are going with LSU.
CBS Sports - Three of the five take LSU over Texas A&M.
USA Today - Six of the eight writers are taking LSU over Texas A&M.
Fanhouse - Brett McMurphy makes his picks by the spread and takes LSU to cover the spread.
AccuScore - The computer continues the trend by taking LSU to win 58 percent of the time with an average final score of 28.3 to 25.7
ESPN Bloggers - SEC blogger Chris Low takes LSU to win 24-20 while Big 12 blogger David Ubben takes Texas A&M to win 20-17.
The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 6 p.m. (MT) on Fox and is being played at Cowboys Stadium.