Louisiana State University Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M and Louisiana State University went from SEC contenders to third place in the West Division over the last few weeks and just hope to close out the respective seasons strong. The 22nd-ranked Aggies, who still have a shot at second place in the West, will try to put together back-to-back wins when they host LSU on Thursday in a Thanksgiving battle (Enter Contest).
Texas A&M was in fourth place in the first College Football Playoff rankings but dropped its next two games to Mississippi State and Ole Miss to drop to 25th before recovering with a 23-10 victory over non-conference foe UTSA on Saturday. The Aggies are still a possibility for a Sugar Bowl berth, which would go to the second-highest ranked team from the SEC, and would finish in second place in the SEC West with a win on Thursday and an Auburn loss against Alabama. The Tigers, who lost to Auburn earlier in the year, have no shot at second place and could be playing for interim coach Ed Orgeron’s job on Thursday. LSU won three straight after Orgeron took over for Les Miles. They’ve since dropped two of three while looking unimpressive on the offensive end.
ABOUT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY(6-4, 4-3 SEC)
Orgeron was expected to spark the Tigers offense but watched his team score one touchdown in five goal-to-go chances on Saturday at home against Florida. Star running back Leonard Fournette was hobbled by an ankle injury that has plagued him on and off all season. He was limited to 40 yards on 12 carries on Saturday and will likely be a game-time decision again on Thursday. Fournette ran for 159 yards and a TD in LSU’s 19-7 home win over the Aggies last season. The Tigers are the only team in FBS to hold each of their opponents to 21 or fewer points in every game this season.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
The Aggies’ biggest star, defensive end Myles Garrett, has been hobbled most of the season as well but finally looked fully healthy on Saturday and recorded 4 1/2 sacks in the win. Garrett, who is expected to go high in the first round of the next NFL draft, became the eighth player in SEC history to record 30 or more sacks in his career (32 1/2). He needs one sack to pass Von Miller (33) for fifth place on Texas A&M’s all-time list. Texas A&M, which lost starter Trevor Knight to a shoulder injury in the loss to Mississippi, is still getting used to Jake Hubenak at quarterback, and the junior threw for 248 yards and a touchdown against UTSA.